Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”) released a draft interim final rule regarding the establishment of a domestic hemp production program. We expect the interim final rule to be published in the Federal Register in the next day or so, which will initiate the 60-day public comment period. This rule establishes rules to approve state and tribal plans to regulate the production of hemp pursuant to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill.

In addition to the interim final rule, the USDA released helpful guidance, a sample lab report as referenced in the rule, and some FAQs, all linked below:

Husch Blackwell has experience working with USDA and regularly advises industrial hemp cultivators and manufacturers under state-regulated hemp programs. Our cannabis regulatory lawyers are reviewing this draft rule and are ready to discuss such rule and implications on current and future business strategies. Please contact Steve Levine, Meghan Brennan or your Husch Blackwell attorney for further information.

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Photo of Steve Levine Steve Levine

Steve is head of the firm’s Food Systems industry unit, Steve leads more than 45 professionals from numerous practice areas focused on the various food and agriculture industries. He excels in bringing creative, cost-effective solutions to the various challenges that our clients face.…

Steve is head of the firm’s Food Systems industry unit, Steve leads more than 45 professionals from numerous practice areas focused on the various food and agriculture industries. He excels in bringing creative, cost-effective solutions to the various challenges that our clients face.

Since 2009, Steve’s major focus has been on the burgeoning cannabis industry, where he guides clients through the tangle of shifting regulations governing the sale and use of cannabis in both the marijuana and industrial hemp sectors across the nation.

Photo of Meghan Brennan Meghan Brennan

As a former investment accountant, Meghan knows how critically legal issues can impact a company’s bottom line. The emerging regulated cannabis industry has been a major focus for Meghan. She has been involved in all aspects of the industry, including working on rulemaking…

As a former investment accountant, Meghan knows how critically legal issues can impact a company’s bottom line. The emerging regulated cannabis industry has been a major focus for Meghan. She has been involved in all aspects of the industry, including working on rulemaking committees and drafting legislation.