The American Hemp Campaign released a model plan for state hemp programs today, which will assist policymakers in the development of regulatory regimes governing hemp production across the U.S. The "2018 Farm Bill Policy Guide and Model Hemp Production Plan" is available online at https://www.americanhempcampaign.org/policy.
The AHC, a project of Vote Hemp, produced the document with support from the Vicente Sederberg law firm, VS Strategies, Agricultural Hemp Solutions, the American Herbal Products Association, and the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.
"After the farm bill passed, we heard from policymakers and stakeholders around the country who are interested in developing federally compliant regulatory regimes to govern hemp production in their states," said the plan's lead author, Shawn Hauser, who is a member of the AHC steering committee and chair of the hemp and cannabinoids practice group at Vicente Sederberg. “We believe this document will be a valuable resource to all policymakers moving toward establishing their own state hemp programs.”
The 2018 farm bill, which was signed into law in December and lifted the federal government's prohibition on hemp production, allows for federally sanctioned hemp production governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. States, U.S. territories, and American Indian tribes have the option to act as primary regulatory authority, but they must first submit regulatory plans to the USDA for approval. Such plans must meet minimum requirements set forth in the 2018 farm bill, including regulations for registration, testing and inspection. The USDA is promulgating rules for implementation of the new federally authorized program and will begin approving plans once the rules are finalized.
"Following decades of federal prohibition on hemp cultivation, many states will either be regulating hemp as an agricultural crop for the first time, or they will be transitioning from very limited hemp research programs to robust commercial programs,” Hauser said. “Our model plan offers state officials a clear guide to navigating the 2018 farm bill and putting together their states' plans to submit to the USDA. It is designed to ensure they meet federal requirements, while also allowing them the flexibility to tailor their plans to the needs of their specific jurisdictions."
Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra added: "The goal of the American Hemp Campaign is to promote the economic benefits of hemp and encourage the adoption of sensible hemp laws and regulations. I am proud that we are able to contribute to the latter goal through the release of this model plan."