By: Benjie Cooper
Ever since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, there has been a surge of interest in hemp and its non-psychoactive derivative cannabidiol (CBD) across the United States.
But among all of the buzz surrounding the versatile and potentially-lucrative crop, there has also been confusion due to the lack of federal regulations to help guide states in their policy-making process for industrial hemp production.
While the 2018 Farm Bill instructs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue regulations and guidance for industrial hemp production in the United States, no rules have been finalized or implemented as of yet.
On Tuesday, October 22, Maine Governor Janet Mills and Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal penned a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to finalize rules that outline state guidance for industrial hemp implementation plans.