NHA and Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations Submits Comments to USDA

In our first major collaboration with our Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations (SCOHO)  we submitted comments to USDA in the reopened comment period about the USDA Interim Final Rule (IFR).

The Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations (SCOHO) for the National Hemp Association (NHA) represents directly or indirectly virtually every hemp farmer and related business in America today. Our associations have paid members in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In addition, NHA covers all fifty states as well as many tribal councils, territories and international interests. As leaders in the hemp industry with regards to state-level policy and business development, it is fair to say we collectively represent more than 90% of hemp farmers and acres grown.

Our major talking points and request are as follows:

  • Change the sample to be a whole plant composite
  • USDA issued Processor Permits to close the legal gap between farm and consumer
  • Change harvest window from 15 day to 30 business days
  • Change negligence level to at least 1%
  •  Eliminate DEA certified lab requirement
  • Provide options other than destruction for hot crop

You can read the full submitted comments here.

SCOHO Requests Executive Order to establish Federal Advisory Committee on Hemp

In second collaboration with our Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations (SCOHO)  we submitted a letter to the White House to seek the following executive actions:

  • Delay implementation of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Interim Final Rule (IFR) on hemp until
    31 December 2021
  • Authorize any state, tribe or territory not presently operating under the USDA 2014 hemp pilot program statute
    blanket protection to do so until 31 December 2021.
  • Direct the Government Services Agency (GSA) to establish a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) 
  • Direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to recognize this FACA committee as a “friend of the Court” 
  • Instruct the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to refrain from regulating hemp derived products 
  • Authorize the proposed hemp FACA committee to advise Congress and the Office of Management and Budget
    (OMB)

You can read the full submitted letter here.