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USDA Removing DEA Testing Requirements?

February 27, 2020 Business Insight , Regulation

Hemp Industry Daily reported

“Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting in Arlington, Virginia, that USDA and DEA have reached an agreement to remove the requirement for hemp farmers to have their crops tested in DEA-registered laboratories. The DEA requirement was included in the interim final rule for domestic hemp production, released Oct. 31. “

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Perhaps more importantly, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn told the NASDA meeting attendees:

We’re not going to be able to say you can’t use these products. It’s a fool’s errand to even approach that

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The indication here is that the over-regulation that many manufacturers and retailers feared may not see the light of day. Certainly it seems that the FDA is at least considering the input of the public, having collected industry input through public commentary and assembling a working group thereafter. The agency said in November that it had not yet seen enough scientific studies or data to allow it to recognize CBD or products containing it, Generally Accepted As Safe. These small wins for the industry may mean that perspective is shifting.

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