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Hemp Regulation Becomes Clearer Thanks To Federal Memo, But Clock Ticking On Final Rules

Prospective hemp farmers gathered in Versailles earlier this year to discuss growing techniques and regulation. (Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Public comment for state and local regulation of domestic hemp production is underway.

The Federal Register’s 45-page memo published Thursday establishes interim rules and guidelines for producers, processors, and policymakers.

Justin Swanson is a Vice President at Bose Public Affairs Group and the President at the Midwest Hemp Council.  He’s helped craft hemp policy and says this is an opportunity for the industry to unite.

"Basically the industry has 60 days to really start banding together," Swanson says. "Providing feedback on the proposed rules and suggested changes."

Some of the regulations deal with how hemp crops will be tested for THC levels and how long farmers will have to harvest the crop.

After the 60-day public comment period ends, the United States Department of Agriculture will make amendments and publish final regulations.

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