WASHINGTON, October 29, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.
“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” said Secretary Perdue. “We have had teams operating with all hands-on-deck to develop a regulatory framework that meets Congressional intent while seeking to provide a fair, consistent, and science-based process for states, tribes, and individual producers who want to participate in this program.”
*Testing - post decarb via GC or HPLC, d9 THC + THCA (0.877)
*Lab results must include margin of error. If 0.3% is within the range, or the entire range is below 0.3%, it’s compliant. (i.e. for a sample with 0.35% with 95% confidence MOE 0.06% yields range of 0.29-0.41% = Compliant.)
*Testing labs must be registered with DEA, among other reqs.
*pre-harvest sampling. Harvest of lot must be complete within 15 days of sample date.
*Producers and those storing (includes handlers) plant material must register.
*criminal history checks for license applicants
*State plans can preempt federal plan.
*no restriction on interstate commerce.
*silent on limitations on final products… defers to fda
I wouldn’t expect loopholes like that to last, most states are catching on to the idea that selling to the public a product with say 3%THCA and 0.25%D9 can easily be converted by the consumer to contain 2%+D9 without expensive or commercial means
DEA registered. No accreditation requirement there. Though USDA is looking to Incorporate their own registration with more common standards (iso accreditation most likely). So to use a lab for hemp testing, it would need to be registered with the DEA and USDA. All up for comment once the comment period opens.
Good sampling, lab practices, and equipment will keep those MU ranges tight. Given that all samples must be reported to USDA, large MU ranges will likely be blatantly obvious to regulators and could subject a lab/farm to additional oversight.
If the lower end of your range includes 0.3%, it’s hemp and free to enter commerce. If the lower end of the range is >0.3% and <0.49%, you’re just going to destroy the crop, consider that your free pass. If the lower end of your range is >=0.5%, the authorities will consider you negligent and are free to drop the hammer.
Agreed. I guess it was more of a rhetorical question.
Paving the way for Gencanna and corporate greed. I’m about to go get some pollen and crop dust their fields.
I’m working with a geneticist from MSU right now and working on some new strains using tissue cultures and finding out how to “shut-off” the antagonist of CBG. This woman is SMART! Her husband is the head of the AG extension of the university, so we have access to all the “ cool toys”.
I’m not letting these asshats cash in on a crop that we’ve all grown for years, developed procedural extractions and lab practices just to let them steal it and put us all outta business.