USDA Approves Several More States’ Hemp Production Plans

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

As per federal law, states wishing to license and regulate commercial activities specific to hemp must submit their plans for approval from the federal agency.

Over the past two months, the agency has approved plans submitted by regulators in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah, according to reporting compiled by

Regulators have previously granted approval to programs in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Last fall, 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