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UDAF releases draft rules for hemp programs

September 13, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has released the first set of three administrative rules related to the cannabis laws passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year. These rules relate to hemp (.3 percent THC or less).

The rules cover cultivation, processing, registration and labeling programs for hemp. They have been be posted online and the public comment period has begun and will last until 5 p.m., Oct. 1, 2018.

To access the rules go to the bulletin section of the Utah Office of Administrative Rules website: https://rules.utah.gov/publications/utah-state-bull/. Click on the first volume listed, Vol. 2018 No. 17.

During this public comment period UDAF will also host two public hearings on the specific rules.

• Sept. 17, 2 p.m., at 303 North 100 East, Cedar City.

• Sept. 20, 2 p.m. at UDAF, 350 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City.

The three rules being made public Sept. 1 are R68-24. Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program for Growers, R68-25. Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program for Processors, and R68-26. Industrial Hemp Product Registration and Labeling.

The rules contain licensing and registration requirements to grow, process, and, or distribute hemp products. They establish requirements for CBD extraction and establish processing practices.

Additionally, the rules establish inspection and testing requirements and establish requirements for transportation and storage of industrial hemp.

They delineate reports that will be required by licensees, place restrictions on the sale and transfer of industrial hemp, and the rules establish terms of licensure and renewal. Labeling requirements for industrial hemp products are also outlined.

Written comments on the rules are preferred via email: mure@utah.gov or via U.S. Mail: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, PO Box 146500, Salt lake City, Utah 84114-6500.

The next set of rules, which relate to full strength cannabis, will be published in the coming months. The rules for full strength cannabis are much more complicated to write.

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