Hemp production is legal in 46 states and the farm law allows Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota to continue to prohibit the production of the crop within their borders. The Idaho hemp plan will be created in consultation with the governor, the director of the Idaho State Police, and the Idaho agriculture industry. The measure requires that the total THC content of the plant, including THC-A, be equal to or less than 0.3%, and that hemp carriers submit to police searches and allow law enforcement officers to “randomly select samples of reasonable size that do not exceed 20 grams to carry out THC compliance tests.” The Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue regulations and guidelines to implement a program aimed at creating a coherent regulatory framework around hemp production in the United States. While the Senate version would have legalized hemp across the country, the last Farm Bill left the responsibility to legalize hemp in the hands of the states.
Every time hemp is shipped from one state to another, there is a risk of seizure, regardless of the states of origin and destination. The National Hemp Production Program establishes federal regulatory oversight of hemp production in the United States. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) will approve plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for domestic hemp production and will establish a federal plan for producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that choose not to administer a specific state or tribal plan, provided that the state or tribe does not prohibit hemp production. Until the definition of unrestricted hemp is exempt from a state's CSA, hemp will continue to be considered marijuana in that state.
Read on to learn about hemp production plans, guidelines for sampling and analysis procedures, removal of plants that do not meet the necessary requirements, and licensing requirements. Under the new law, the Idaho Department of Agriculture can move forward to develop rules and rates for the production, sale and processing of industrial hemp and submit a hemp production plan to the U.