DEA Testing Requirements for Hemp Are No Longer Needed
The cannabis industry has just recently taken another step towards legalization with the removal of rigid requirements involving the testing of cannabis crops by DEA-registered labs for the approaching growing season. Here’s all you need to know!
Undersecretary for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Greg Ibach, spoke up during a meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, claiming that the DEA expects the states to collaborate with the USDA labs to attempt to achieve certification for the following crop year.
According to sources, even though the DEA and the USDA have reached an agreement for the season, the requirement was added to the USDA’s interim final rules for cannabis production last year in October.
CEO of San Diego-based Cultivaris Hemp, Josh Schneider, also stated that putting an end to the ludicrous DEA testing requirement was a positive move for the USDA.
What’s more, Ibach proposed that the USDA should alter its guidelines concerning disposing and sampling of cannabis. In addition, the co-founder of the political advocacy organization, Vote Hemp, Eric Steenstra, tweeted that while the rule alteration would help the current season, it is a far cry from what the group required or wanted for the cannabis industry to thrive in the US.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA Commissioner, also reported during the very same meeting that the agency was taking action concerning the cannabis-derived CBD regulations. In the report, Hahn claimed that the FDA is open to the idea that the products are of some value to the American people (as current data indicated).
Still, their main goals were to provide US citizens with valid information that would help them make the correct decisions.
Overall, the USDA included the crop to a couple of federal crop insurance programs; awarded federal funds for cannabis research to experts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Virginia Tech; and created trial programs to serve cannabis farmers since the federal legalization of hemp in 2018.