You’re correct in there’s a lot of excitement and interest,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who asked about the department’s timeline for implementing hemp legalization provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. “It’s probably created as much interest as anything in the Farm Bill—maybe because it’s new or it’s CBD oil and it’s all the new fad of medicine in that regard.”
“It probably has a little bit of allure because the plant is very, very similar to its federally illegal cousin, the high-THC marijuana plant,” he said.
But in terms of a timeline for when USDA will release its rules and regulations for manufacturing and marketing hemp and hemp-derived products, Perdue said the agency is “not expediting this” and is “taking this slow.”
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