Hemp still illegal in SD, despite new federal laws

New federal rules open the door to industrial hemp growing in the United States and even develops a plan for individuals to apply for a permit to farm in states without regulations.

However, a spokesperson for South Dakota’s Attorney General still says it’s illegal.

“The position of the Office of the Attorney General remains unchanged,” Tim Bormann said. “Hemp is still illegal under South Dakota law and marijuana is still illegal under both South Dakota and federal law.”

The 2018 Farm Bill required the U.S. Department of Agriculture establish the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. It was announced on Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Perdue said a new rule from the agency will outline how states can submit plans for producers to grow hemp.

“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” Perdue said.

This rule also opens the door to a federal licensing program to states that do not have a program or their program was denied by the federal government.

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