Hemp Shipping and the Legalities Behind It
Is is legal to ship hemp interstate? The simple answer is, yes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the interim final rule on Oct. 31, 2019, as authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. The rule outlines provisions for USDA to approve plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp. Within this ruling, it lays out regulations that will prevent states and Indian tribes from restricting the shipment of hemp across their states or territories even if they prohibit its production.
Caution should still be taken when shipping hemp, regulations around the total THC levels and testing measures must be taken to ensure those THC levels are under 0.3%. The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as the “plant species Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.”