The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and provided a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill also gave the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp cultivation at the federal level, although states have the option to maintain primary regulatory authority over the crop cultivated within their borders by submitting a plan to the USDA. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) submitted Oregon’s Hemp Plan on August 14, 2020, not long before the October 31, 2020 deadline required by the 2018 Farm Bill.
The ODA is the primary regulator of hemp in Oregon, one of the first states to allow the production of industrial hemp under the 2014 Farm Bill. For a primer on Oregon hemp law, see Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Oregon, which is part of our 50-state series on the rules and regulations governing hemp.
The ODA has now withdrawn the Hemp Plan it submitted to the USDA in a letter to the USDA Secretary, Sonny Perdue. The letter, as the ODA explains, “is in response to the passage of the