USDA Issues First Guidance on Legal Hemp, But Don’t Expect Federal Regulations Until Late 2019

While the roll-out of hemp regulations in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill is continuing in fits and starts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture did open the door to hemp seed imports.

Jessica Wasserman, a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s cannabis law practice, tells Cannabis Business Times that it’s a welcome development for U.S. farmers eager to get to work. “The farmers have been pushing for this, definitely, because they need more seed,” she says. “Canada has been active longer than the U.S. and has good seed stock that the farm community very much wanted.”

Hemp seed may be imported from Canada with the following accompaniments: a phytosanitary certification from Canada’s national plant protection organization (“to verify the origin of the seed and confirm that no plant pests are detected”) and a Federal Seed Analysis Certificate for hemp seeds grown in Canada.

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