Russell Redding, Pennsylvania agriculture secretary, said Tuesday that the Keystone State is removing requirements that hemp be grown for research purposes, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported.
Pennsylvania will also remove 100-acre growing caps for current and new hemp applicants.
“Pennsylvania’s story is shaped by agriculture … and industrial hemp presents an exciting new chapter in that story,” Redding said in a news release.
Pennsylvania launched its hemp program in 2016.
The state had conditionally approved 84 applicants for 2019 before the surprise announcement that it will allow all commercial hemp production while awaiting federal hemp direction.
Redding said that his state submitted a hemp-regulation plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which must approve or reject state hemp plans.
The federal shutdown has put that approval process on hold.
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