USDA Releases draft regulations on industrial hemp

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Wyoming farmers are one step closer to legally growing industrial hemp. The United States Department of Agriculture released a draft Tuesday of industrial hemp regulations. Wyoming plans to use federal rules for its program.

“We’re so excited,” said Rep. Bunky Loucks, R-Natrona.

Loucks sponsored the 2019 bill legalizing industrial hemp in the state.

The proposal includes rules for testing, land management, disposing non-compliant plans, licensing and ensuring compliance.

“Now there’s just a light at the end of the tunnel that it looks really totally realistic that, yes, we’re going to be able to plant this spring and not lose an investment dollar that wants to come to the State of Wyoming,” Loucks said.

He said he’s been in contact with multiple groups, including some international groups, which want to grow industrial hemp in Wyoming. They need to start in the spring 2020 or he fears they’ll pull their investments out of the state.

USDA regulations will go into effect when published in the Federal Register.

Loucks said people with questions about joining Wyoming’s hemp industry should contact the Wyoming Hemp Association.