As of October 31, 2019, the US Department of Agriculture published interim regulations, effective immediately and applicable through November 1, 2021. The USDA regulations govern the federal licensure of hemp production and the overall implementation of the federal 2018 Farm Bill's hemp provisions. These regulations apply in any states that do not have their own proposed hemp regulations. Many states, including Tennessee, presently have existing regulations governing the production of hemp. Tennessee has submitted its regulations to the USDA for approval. That approval is still pending.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's website, as of November 11, 2019, states that "No immediate changes are expected. Licensed hemp growers in Tennessee will continue to operate under current state regulations at this time." However, the regulatory structure governing the Tennessee hemp industry remains in flux, and new regulations are anticipated at the state level.
At Brazil Clark, PLLC we're on the cutting edge of hemp law. As the rules regarding growing hemp, shipping hemp, and processing hemp are constantly changing, participants in the Tennessee hemp industry are advised to retain legal counsel to ensure they are current on the presently applicable rules regarding everything hemp-related. Don't rely on outdated information!