As everyone in the hemp industry is now aware, the USDA issued its interim final rule (Rule) on October 29, 2019. The Rule was published in the Federal Register on October 31, 2019. Among other things, publication of the Rule initiated a 60 day public comment period. Publication also made the Rule effective.
In this article I will discuss the Rule’s impact on hemp that was grown and harvested (or soon to be harvested) in 2019, much of which is currently on the market. For other articles on the Rule see the following links – click here for licensing requirements, here for summary of important provisions, here for discussion of opportunities and challenges related to testing, and here for interstate transport.