One Step Closer: The Legal Expansion of Industrial Hemp
Let it be known that the cultivation of industrial hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis, is now possible for every state of these United States. This, with the passing of the Unified 2018 Farm Bill, December 2018, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The Bill is said to have been signed with a pen made from hemp.
The summary for Title X – Horticulture under subheading, “Other Provisions” reads:
Hemp Production: Amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946  to allow states and Indian tribes to regulate or follow a plan established by the Secretary to regulate hemp production that includes locations of hemp production, sample testing for THC concentration, sample inspections of producers, and disposal of plants that are out of compliance.
The welcome news regarding industrial hemp laws does, however, come at the price of heavy regulation. According to section 10113 of the 2018 Farm Bill, an interested state’s plan for industrial hemp cultivation must first be run by their governor and top law enforcement official. Once the plan has buy-in from these top officials, it then must be submitted for further approval from the federal Secretary of USDA. In states that do not pro-actively submit a plan to license and regulate hemp cultivation, the USDA will create the plan for them via a regulatory program by which any future plans for industrial hemp must comply.