Today’s Pickup: USDA says states can’t block hemp transport – FreightWaves

Today’s Pickup: USDA says states can’t block hemp transport - FreightWaves

Good day,

States cannot block the interstate transport of legally produced hemp products, according to a legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The May 28 opinion concludes that states and federally recognized Native American tribes must allow the free-flow of hemp across state lines and reservations envisaged in the 2018 Farm Bill. Despite the legalization of hemp, state authorities have seized shipments and prosecuted truckers.

While the analysis from the USDA General Counsel Stephen Vaden is not legally binding, it puts those involved in the interstate transport of hemp on firmer footing. Vaden notes that while states and tribes are free to prohibit the production of hemp, they still must allow it to be transported through their jurisdictions. That hemp must have produced under a USDA license, a USDA-approved state or tribal plan, or under a 2014 federal pilot plan for hemp.

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Final thoughts:

The USDA is taking a positive step by clearing the uncertainty surrounding hemp transport in the U.S. But much remains to be done to ensure it happens without legal repercussions. Importantly, law enforcement must use testing methods that reliably distinguish between legal CBD, the non-psychoactive substance derived from hemp, and THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Unfortunately, field tests widely used by police are prone to creating false positives for THC in CBD products. That means that anyone transporting legal CBD is potentially taking a gamble.

Hammer down everyone!

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