USDA relaxes some hemp requirements

Tractor mowing hemp on hemp farm

The USDA says it’s relaxing some hemp requirements under its interim final rule. Under its new guidance, USDA will delay enforcement of labs to be registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Also, hemp producers will not be required to use a DEA-registered “reverse distributor” or law enforcement to dispose of plants that are not compliant.

USDA Under  Secretary Greg Ibach says there isn’t enough capacity in the US for testing and disposal, so this flexibility was needed.

Based on feedback from states and tribes, USDA has also included other disposal options for so-called “hot” hemp plants.

Enforcement will be delayed starting this hemp crop year until the end of October 2021 or the final rule is published – whichever comes first.