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USDA approves first state, tribal hemp production plans

Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio first states to receive approval on hemp production plans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first set of approved plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The plans were submitted by the states of Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio and the Flandreau Santee Sioux, Santa Rosa Cahuilla and La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian tribes.

USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule released at the end of October. Previously, hemp production was regulated under the 2014 farm bill and the 46 states that chose to have programs established thereunder. The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the controlled substances list. Federal regulation of hemp moved from the Drug Enforcement Administration to USDA, and new regulations released by the agency offered to set a framework for states moving forward.

Each state will have the option to either submit its own plan to be approved by USDA, opt in to the federal plan or prohibit hemp production.

USDA continues to receive and review plans from states and Indian tribes and maintains a list of them on its website, along with approved plans. To check the status of a plan or to review approved plans, visit Status of State and Tribal Hemp Production Plans.

For additional information about the program and the provisions of the interim final rule, visit the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program webpage.

For information or questions related to a specific plan, contact the applicable state or tribe.

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