Citing the shortage and testing capabilities of at the moment DEA-registered hemp laboratories, the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the DEA registration deadline imposed on hemp testing labs by a yr, pushing it from Jan. 1st, 2023 to December thirty first, 2023.
The requirement stems from the USDA’s Remaining Rule for the Home Manufacturing of Hemp, which went into impact on March twenty second of 2021, and included a number of different provisions associated to allowable hemp testing strategies, THC “negligence restrict,” acceptable measure of uncertainty values, and extra.
Hemp producers, laboratories, and anybody else working beneath the regulatory scope of the USDA Remaining Rule nonetheless should adjust to the opposite necessities; the DEA registration requirement is the one one which has been delayed to date.
Although hemp advocates breathe a sigh of aid within the wake of the delay, some—just like the U.S. Hemp Roundtable—are vying to have the requirement eliminated altogether.
“We’re very happy that the USDA has supplied producers one other yr to keep away from the great burden of securing a DEA-registered lab for hemp testing, however we want for this requirement to be eradicated completely,” mentioned the Roundtable’s Normal Counsel, Jonathan Miller.
Certainly, many pro-hemp advocates like Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) are vocalizing their dissent concerning the DEA registration requirement, citing a poorly ready infrastructure relating to hemp testing on a nationwide stage.
“There are inadequate testing services,” Pingree is quoted as saying within the U.S. Hemp Roundtable report. “Proper right here in Mane, we don’t have one in any respect—and there’s two that cowl all of New England.”
As at all times, we’ll level to the Roundtable’s Federal Motion Middle as a method for hemp supporters to advertise truthful regulation, and can report again with any updates.