On January 19, 2021, in the future earlier than the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the U.S. Division of Agriculture (“USDA”) printed a Last Rule offering rules for the manufacturing of hemp in the USA. Key provisions within the USDA’s Last Rule tackle hemp producer licensing necessities, recordkeeping necessities, procedures for sampling and testing THC focus ranges in hemp, and procedures for harvesting hemp and disposing of non-compliant crops. The Last Rule additionally included provisions on compliance, violations and appeals.
The Last Rule is about to take impact on March 22, 2021, however on January 20 the Biden administration known as on heads of govt departments and companies to institute a “regulatory freeze pending evaluation” with respect to printed guidelines not but in impact. The “freeze” will briefly postpone rule implementation for a minimum of 60 days from January 20, with a purpose to allow an company head appointed or designated by President Biden to evaluation the rule, together with any questions of reality, legislation or coverage raised by the rule. In the course of the 60-day interval, an company might contemplate opening a 30-day remark interval to permit events to supply feedback about problems with reality, legislation and coverage raised by the rule. It’s unclear at this level whether or not the USDA will evaluation the Last Rule or open any 30 day remark interval.
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