U.S. hemp companies in states not yet compliant under federal rules have received a delay that will let them continue operations as a result of a vote in the U.S. Senate.
The legislation, which was tacked on to a short-term government funding bill approved yesterday, had been sought by several states that have yet to develop hemp programs that meet requirements under the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill; it allows them to continue to operate under earlier rules that were part of a similar farming measure from 2014 that established the first pilot program for industrial hemp in the USA. States now have until September of next year to work out their programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Delay is cheered
“We’re thankful for both the House and the Senate for listening to us back in August when we wrote about the importance of this program,” said Patrick Atagi of the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), which was among those advocating for the delay. “With the Senate’s vote today, hemp farmers across the country will have more certainty tomorrow while states continue their important work to submit final plans to the USDA for approval.”