Michigan currently has a revised commercial hemp law after implementing a reform that synchronizes the territory’s measure with final rules from USDA. Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the 186 Senate Bill, which changes the state’s Industrial Hemp Growers Act.
The statewide USDA hemp regulations took effect on Monday and offer industry guidance based on the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized state hemp. Last October, Michigan’s initiative originally got USDA’s approval.
Gary McDowell, director at MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development), said that this assists the state’s hemp processors and farmers ensure that they’re nationally aligned and shows the benefits of supporting this budding sector of the state’s agriculture economy. He added that he applauds the bi-partisan support and swift efforts in making sure the territory’s legislative structure satisfies state requirements.
According to the 186 senate Bill, significant changes to Michigan’s hemp initiative entail:
- Hemp’s harvest window is raised from fifteen to thirty days.
- According to the state 0.3% cap, the THC negligence limit has been increased to 1.0% from 0.5%. This means hemp producers who have crops with more than 0.3% THC but don’t exceed 1.0% won’t be regarded as an infringement.
- Farmers are now allowed to remediate the crop rather than disposing it. Remediated hemp plants require testing to ascertain adherence to THC thresholds.
- MDARD considers aspects such as grower compliance, seed certification, variety performance, and other variables when creating its THC sampling plan.
- The farmer registration cycle is postponed to 1st February -31st January from 1st December – 30th November. The already issued grower registrations for 2021’s growing phase are valid up to 31st January 2022.
- From 31st December 2022, all laboratories within state sampling industrial hemp, have to be licensed by America’s DEA( Drug Enforcement Agency).
- The highest number of negligent grower violations that one can get during a growing phase(calendar year) is one.