According to Chris Walsh (president and CEO of Hemp Industry Daily and Marijuana Business Daily), the new USDA administration under Biden leadership will prompt the agency to take another gander at potential regulations for a country-wide hemp regulatory platform.
Chris uttered his yearly marijuana business expectations during a virtual presentation on Friday. He said that they’re hoping the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the hemp sector a major win with ‘hot hemp’ remediation.
However, it’s unlikely that the hemp sector will experience many efforts toward CBD regulation in 2021.
He stated that America’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will probably focus on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, it’s unlikely to make major efforts on CBD and hemp policy change in 2021.
Walsh also predicted that 2021 will entail new state authorization initiatives and investment resurgence in the cannabis industry. However, it’s unlikely to lead to meaningful state cannabis policy reform.
At the beginning of 2020, USDA announced that it would postpone enactment of two proposals of its hemp regulations.
Hemp growers won’t have to use laboratories approved by DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to perform crop potency tests. They also don’t have to dump ‘hot-hemp- with excess THC via the DEA or a law enforcement department.
Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Regulatory and Marketing Programs in USDA, said that since there’s insufficient capacity in America for the disposal and testing of non-approved hemp plants, USDA has diligently worked hard to allow flexibility of requirements in Interim’s Final Year.
Currently, disposal and laboratory testing requirements have been postponed up to 31st October 2021 or until a final regulation is announced. USDA stated that the delay will act as a temporary measure to enable a smooth transition towards regular enforcement. It’ll also offer adequate time for the DEA to increase the capacity of registered analytical laboratories.