Idaho state might join its neighboring states under a hemp-legalization proposal that’s awaiting Governor Brad Little’s signature. It’s the only territory that still prohibits hemp cultivation. This week, the state legislators reached a consensus regarding a reform permitting hemp processing, production, research, and transfers.
The initiative would permit industrial production to commence next year and require the crop’s maximum THC content to be capped at or under 0.3%.
The reform would call for hemp transporters to agree to police searches. It would also allow peace officials to randomly identify relevant size samples not more than 20 grams for THC adherence testing.
Other regulatory information and fees will be created by the Idaho Agriculture Department, which is mandated to submit their plan to the USDA to be approved as expeditiously as they can.
Governor Little hasn’t disclosed whether he will sign the reform. However, in 2019, Brad gave an executive directive enabling hemp to be transferred statewide to adhere to state law. He said that he’s never been opposed to budding plants, such as hemp, from the beginning.
The 2018 Farm Bill allowed territories to permit hemp growing but didn’t order them to do as such. Forty-nine states currently permit some aspect of industrial hemp production.
Little issued the order to solve national and federal law issues associated with interstate hemp transportation throughout Idaho.
The executive directive was a stopgap effort until the state Legislature enacted a more long-term solution. It doesn’t legalize hemp production, oils, byproducts, or any other extracts banned by state law.
The executive effort was necessary to make sure Idaho state laws are jotted down are genuinely executed to safeguard Idaho’s residents from the illegal drug market.
Idaho’s Agriculture Department, Police Department, and Department of Transportation had promised to develop short-term regulations to conduct the executive mandate.