The 2018 Farm Bill swung open the doors for the US hemp industry, but left something of a fog when it comes to federal rules and regulations about its cultivation, production, marketing, and legal uses. On Thursday, the three major regulatory agencies promised to work to lift that fog.
At a US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing titled “Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill,” the regulators promised steady progress with regular reports.
For those in the hemp industry, there are few names more important than those who spoke during Thursday’s hearing. Amy Abernethy, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs at the Food and Drug Administration, testified at the hearing, along with Greg Ibach, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs and Stephen Alexander Vaden, general counsel, both with the United States Department of Agriculture. Also present were Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Erica Stark, the executive director of the National Hemp Association.