October 26, 2014

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food discusses guidelines for industrial hemp research


As officials at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) lay out proposed ground rules for how Utah State University researchers and other institutions could work with industrial hemp, some lawmakers say the rules in the current form go too far.

Among the litany of guidelines, law enforcement officials would have “complete and unrestricted access” to industrial hemp plants and anything else at the growing sites used in the research. Law enforcement would be allowed on the growing areas “at any time” to make sure higher education institutions are following the law.

In addition, institutions growing the hemp would be subject to “random sampling” to make sure the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3 percent. Violations would lead to revocation of the research certificate.

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