Wyoming jumps headfirst into hemp market, allowing sales ‘without restriction’

(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.

Wyoming’s law calls for the state to chart its own course for the new industry, though it won’t issue hemp production licenses until the U.S. Department of Agriculture draws up regulations, likely not for several months.

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.

6 comments on “Wyoming jumps headfirst into hemp market, allowing sales ‘without restriction’
  1. Johann on

    I great first step towards understanding the benefits of Hemp to our society. Hopefully they will see the medical benefit also

  2. Dwayne Oxford on

    BUT!! Hemp licenses will cost $750 a year for private farmers, $500 a year for nonprofit groups and schools. Not really freedom for regular folks.?

  3. Clifford A Friedland on

    Don’t believe anything you hear about Wyoming, While they passed a law opening up Hemps in March, Law Enforcement is still fighting it and still sees hemp as marihuana. Law Enforcement is having a showdown with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Legislature, Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division. They have State Troopers on the State Borders checking loads at weigh stations and seizing anything that smells or looks like cannabis even if the driver has copies of legal hemp farming licenses, pre-harvest COA THC reports, post-harvest COAs from Oregon. The State is just as dangerous as Idaho for interstate transportation of legal hemp going to a processor in Colorado to process into CBD Isolate. I know, I have been a victim of this and the County Processor has left the biomass in a hot trailer for over 2 months and says it will take at least 4 more months to get testing done and doesn’t care what happens to the truckload of legal Hemp. Offered to pay for the test which could get done in a few days, but the County Prosecutor wants to only process it at a Criminal Lab out of state with at least a 4 month backlog. DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY LEGAL HEMP THROUGH WYOMING. JUST AS DANGEROUS AS NORTH KOREA.

    • Dustin South on

      I was just cited with “possession of marijuana” last night. They took my bag of tobacco/hemp mix that I was using to ween off of nicotine, despite having the lab work showing its contents have less than .3% THC. The ticket is $750 and my court date is set for next month.

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