Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp

USDA, DEA and FDA reach agreement on Industrial Hemp.  Today the USDA announced in the Federal Register a “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp” it has reached with the DEA and FDA. 2016-19146

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has developed a Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp to inform the public how Federal law applies to activities associated with industrial hemp that is grown and cultivated in accordance with Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The purpose of this notice is to set forth the statement in its entirety.
Because the law didn’t specify a US agency the USDA they took it on with the help of DEA and FDA.  “Section 7606 authorized State departments of agriculture to promulgate regulations to carry out these pilot programs but did not provide a specific delegation to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or any other agency to implement the program.  As well, the statute left open many questions regarding the continuing application of Federal drug control statutes to the growth, cultivation,manufacture, and distribution of industrial hempproducts, as well as the extent to which growth by private parties and sale of industrial hemp products are permissible. Section 7606 did not remove industrial hemp from the controlled substances list.  Therefore, Federal law continues to restrict hemp-related activities, to the extent that those activities have not been legalized under section 7606.”
Even though the USDA, DEA, and FDA were not given authority they define what Industrial Hemp means they did so anyways “industrial hemp” includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative of such plant, including seeds of such plant, whether growing or not, that is used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed) with a tetrahydrocannabinols concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.  The term “tetrahydrocannabinols” includes all isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers of tetrahydrocannabinols.”
This statement of principles in the words of the USDA, “does not establish any binding legal requirements.”