USDA Approves More States’ Hemp Production Plans

Washington, DC: Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture are continuing to approve states’ plans regulating domestic hemp production.

Under federal law, states wishing to license commercial hemp production must submit their plans for approval from the federal agency.

In recent weeks, the agency has approved plans submitted by regulators in Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, and in the US territory of Puerto Rico. Regulators earlier this year granted approval to programs in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Last October, the agency issued interim rules governing the commercial production of cannabis containing no more than 0.3 percent THC and products containing cannabinoids derived from hemp.

Additional information regarding state-specific hemp production laws is available from