With only a few days remaining before changing tune, America’s Agriculture Department has accepted hemp-regulation initiatives of Rhode Island and the Luiseno Indians’ Soboba Band in southern California.
Rhode Island will require hemp manufacturers to pay a $250 application fee and a $2,250 license charge for a two-year valid license.
Rhode Island doesn’t restrict hemp acreage or count its total hemp growth cover. It requires farmers to submit measures to monitor hemp development from seed to retail. However, the regulations don’t state if every crop or hemp lot has to be traced.
Rhode Island licensed twenty hemp growers in 2020.
Rhode Island’s proposed regulation requires all directors, officers, managers, shareholders, agents, and members of the licensee to sign up for a registry identification card.
It also requires the destruction of hemp flower, plants, hemp-based products with THC content, which surpasses the 0.3 percent THC threshold. The regulation highlights the destruction procedure requirements and shows that the destruction exercise will be conducted at the licensee’s area by the licensed individual.
The regulation also points out that unusable hemp would be dropped at a permitted waste disposal institution in Rhode Island.
The Luiseno Indian’s Soboba Band will require prospective hemp producers to pay a $5,000 application fee and $2,500 yearly license renewal charges.
In 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill Act legalized regulated hemp cultivation regarding the act or Tribal plan accented by the Agriculture Secretary. The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians has allowed certain lands within its territory for growing, processing, and disseminating hemp through enacting the Tribal Plan.
This Plan will regulate hemp processing, cultivation, and distribution on the reservation.
Tribal control of hemp cultivation, possession, processing, and dissemination on the reservation is important to safeguard the security, health, and general welfare of the Tribal area. To advance these objectives, the Tribe has enacted this Plan.