On Monday, August 30, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released proposed updates to its hemp regulations. If you follow this blog, you may recall that in July Oregon enacted HB 3000, an omnibus bill covering a wide range of hemp-related issues. One of the new law’s provisions authorizes ODA to update its existing rules to meet the 2018 Farm Bill requirements, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s hemp production final rule, and to submit a state plan for the USDA’s review before the end of the year.

If adopted in their current version, the proposed regulations would:

Replace all references to registration/registrant with license/licensee. Impose additional requirements to the grower application to align with the requirements imposed under the USDA hemp production final rule and ensure compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The new requirements include background checks for growers and all “key participants.” Key participants are officers as well as owners and persons with a financial interest of 20 percent or more in the business entity applying for a license. Clarify the ODA’s inspection authority, such as the agency’s ability to require an inspection of the grow site in its sole discretion prior to

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