Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said in a Tuesday news release that the state is “doing everything we can to launch the hemp industry.”
The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year passed House Bill 171, authorizing the launching of a state hemp program.
The action followed the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in Congress, which formally removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, essentially legalizing it as a crop in the United States.
According to the release:
The state is currently waiting for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue regulations and review Wyoming’s state plan, which was completed in April.
“Wyoming is doing everything we can to launch the hemp industry,” Governor Gordon said. “We have investigated every opportunity to move this industry forward in the state within our present statutory framework. Last week, during a horseback ride with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, I encouraged him to get agency rules in place as soon as possible, and that our farmers were depending on them.”