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Governor says Wyoming doing all it can to launch hemp industry

Professional farmer tying bundles of freshly harvested hemp stalks. (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon says that the state “is doing everything we can to launch the hemp industry.”

But the state is waiting for the United States Department of Agriculture to review the State of Wyoming’s plan to get hemp production underway.

That is according to a Tuesday, Aug. 6 press release from the governor’s office.

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The Legislature passed House Bill 171 during their 2019 session which sets out rules for hemp production in the state. That was made possible by a a piece of legislation from the U.S. Congress.

“The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, authorizing a federal hemp program and allowing for state-delegated authority,” the release adds.

The governor’s office says that status updates about the state’s plan are available here.

“’We have investigated every opportunity to move this industry forward in the state within our present statutory framework,'”Gordon said. “‘Last week, during a horseback ride with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, I encouraged him to get agency rules in place as soon as possible, and that our farmers were depending on them.’”

“Wyoming Department of Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto added, ‘The Wyoming Department of Agriculture will be ready to implement a hemp program in Wyoming upon approval of our State Plan by USDA. We are installing testing equipment in our Analytical Services Laboratory right now. We will request emergency rulemaking authority as soon as our plan is approved. This would allow immediate implementation of our program while we concurrently take public comment on our rules.’”