McConnell, Wyden urge USDA to ensure quick and proper implementation of the Hemp Farming Act

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Two lawmakers are urging the USDA to ensure provisions from the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will be implemented quickly.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the USDA to ensure provisions from the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 included in the 2018 Farm Bill will be implemented quickly and follow Congressional intent.

McConnell and Wyden are authors of the Hemp Farming Act. They’re encouraging proper implementation of the law by the USDA to support hemp’s lawful future for farmers and producers in Kentucky, Oregon, and across the US.

The two lawmakers have also urged the USDA to “minimize any interference with the lawful interstate transportation of hemp products”.

The full letter can be read here.

Both lawmakers say they’ve seen “tremendous success in researching and developing market opportunities for hemp through the state pilot programs”.

They feel hopeful that the growth they saw through the pilot programs will expand now that hemp production and hemp products are legal.

The Hemp Farming Act provisions in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) signed into law on December 20, 2018:
– Removed hemp and its derivatives from the list of controlled substances;
– Established hemp as a legal agricultural commodity;
– Authorized the production, consumption, and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products in the United States, consistent with other federal laws, like the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act;
– Authorized the use of federal funds to support hemp research under the National Agricultural Research, Extension National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 and the Critical Agricultural Materials Act;
– Explicitly established the protection of the interstate commerce of hemp or hemp products, and further prevented states and tribal governments from prohibiting the transportation of hemp or hemp products through the State or the territory of the Indian Tribe.

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(This story was originally published on February 15, 2019)

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