USA: USDA gives hemp farmers breathing room on THC, testing, but retains DEA requirement

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Hemp producers will have more breathing room under newly released rules on the federally mandated THC levels before they are declared criminally negligent, with the margin of error increasing from a total of 0.5% to 1% THC.

Hemp farmers and testing agents will also have more time to harvest plants after testing, with the harvest window increased from 15 days to 30 calendar days after sampling is completed, to “better allow for variables such as testing, weather, agricultural practices and equipment delays.”

However, there are still several areas of concern that the USDA did not appear to budge on, including sampling requirements and the mandate for laboratories to register with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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USDA gives hemp farmers breathing room on THC, testing, but retains DEA requirement

Here’s the document. Be warned there’s 301 pp to plough through!

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