Hemp Rules and Regulations

Tennessee’s plan for monitoring and regulating the production of hemp complies with the requirements of 7 C.F.R. § 990. The hemp regulatory program, in place since 2015, is a combination of statutes, rules, protocols, and SOP’s. The Tennessee General Assembly passed Public Chapter 916 in 2014 with amendments in 2019 by Public Chapter 87 (Attachment A) that authorized the department of agriculture to promulgate rules to implement the program. The rules were first issued in January 2015 and rewritten in September 2021 (Attachment B). The statute and rules in their current form provide the framework of the state hemp program plan submitted under 7 C.F.R. § 990.3, 990.6, and 990.7.

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