ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Nearly 5 years after launching a pilot program, Minnesota’s hemp trade is taking root. A plan to manipulate the manufacturing and regulation of hemp within the state acquired USDA approval on Monday.
“I think that the USDA approval is a win for the Department of Agriculture in that we have these clear regulations and requirements that we are going to implement,” mentioned Whitney Place, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner.
Banned within the U.S. for many years by the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, hemp manufacturing was revived by the 2018 Farm invoice. From clothes to meals to CBD oil, the plant is used to make a wide range of merchandise. At one time, it was the quickest rising crop in U.S. agriculture.
“We really see hemp as this really great opportunity for lots of farmers to be able to get in to,” mentioned Place.
Industrial hemp and marijuana are each sorts of the identical plant, however there is a distinction.
“So that’s how industrial hemp is defined, as separate from cannabis and marijuana is that it’s under 0.3% THC,” mentioned Place.
Since it’s a extremely regulated crop, a license is required from the state to develop, course of, analysis or breed hemp. This yr the MSA acquired 454 functions for licenses. In 2020 there have been 542 candidates — a file.
“Our next step in the process will be to write our state rules for the industrial hemp program,” mentioned Place.
The federal authorities authorized the state’s unique plan final summer season, however requested for a revised plan. Some modifications within the new plan embrace random sampling of fields and remediation is now allowed if hemp crops exceed the THC threshold.