Highlights from USDA Hemp Regs

November 24, 2019

 

 

 

There is a lot to unpack in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new hemp regs but here are the most salient points:

 

1)  If a state wants to have primary authority over the cultivation and sale of hemp they should submit a proposed plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture;

 

2)  They are not requiring federal seed certification;

 

3)  Testing will have to be done at DEA-registered testing laboratory;

 

4)  Within 15 days prior to harvest a government official must collect flower samples to test;

 

5)  The testing must account for the conversion of THCA into THC;

 

6)  The testing labs must report a measure of uncertainty (MU) basically a margin of error, which will be accounted for when determining THC levels;

 

7)  A grower will not be considered negligent if their plant is less than .5% THC although if it is more than .3% they must dispose of the plant;

 

8)  These rules take effect in the 2021 growing season;

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