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USA hemp shipments to ease later this year

USA hemp shipments to ease later this year
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After the passage of last year's Farm Bill, which legalized hemp, federal agencies have begun adjusting their policies and releasing new guidelines on the movement of hemp products within the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) hemp production regulations being released later on this year, individual U.S. states will no longer be allowed to block the transport of hemp through their territory.

At the same time, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently updated its rules on Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail to clarify that hemp products (including CBD) can be legally sent through the mail, just as long as they follow local laws and maintain records of compliance.

Lawyers for the USDA took issue with a recent Idaho case wherein officials seized over 6,000 pounds of hemp that was being transported within the state. The lawyers state that the current ban on the movement of legally grown hemp is in violation of 2014 law that's already on the books.

Under the 2014 Farm Bill and per the USDA's legal opinion, states and Indian tribes cannot ban the interstate transport of legal hemp, since it's no longer considered a controlled substance at the federal level.

The Postal Service's rule update came at the behest of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable trade group, who asked for clarification of the USPS's rules on hemp earlier this year. In a letter, the organization made suggestions for criteria - such as test results and signed statements - to ensure that mail containing hemp is compliant.

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