(This story has been updated to clarify that Wyoming won’t issue licenses until the USDA approves its regulatory plan.)
Wyoming plans to launch a hemp industry in a matter of weeks after Gov. Mark Gordon signed the first state-level hemp law since passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.
Things to know about Wyoming’s new hemp law:
- Hemp products can be sold “without restriction,” opening the door for the sale of CBD in food and dietary supplements, still considered off-limits under federal law.
- The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has 30 days to submit proposed hemp rules to the USDA.
- Hemp licenses will cost $750 a year for private farmers, $500 a year for nonprofit groups and schools.
- Fees are the same for hemp production and for processing.
- THC testing will be random, with no additional expense to the licensee.
- The law bans drug felons for 10 years.
Wyoming authorized industrial hemp in 2018, but the state didn’t fund regulations, meaning the industry there hasn’t yet taken shape.