LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – On Wednesday March 24th, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Draft 0816, which updates Michigan’s Industrial Cannabis Growers Act.
The state’s hemp program is now in line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) definitive hemp rule. The final hemp rule came into effect on March 22, 2021.
According to the Michigan Executive Office of the governor, here is a breakdown of the updates:
- The hemp harvest window has increased from 15 to 30 days.
- The grower registration cycle has been changed from December 1st to November 30th to February 1st to January 31st. This means that the producer registrations already issued for the 2021 growing season are valid until January 31, 2022.
- USDA-modified sampling regulations allow states to develop performance-based sampling requirements. This added flexibility allows MDARD to consider variables such as seed certification, grower compliance, variety performance, etc. when developing its sampling plan.
- Growers can now remediate non-compliant hemp instead of discarding it. Specific remediation options are identified and require post-remediation sampling to ensure acceptable levels of THC are met.
- The negligence threshold has been increased from 0.5 percent to one percent, and the maximum number of negligent violations a producer can suffer in one growing season (one calendar year) has been limited to one.
- Effective December 31, 2022, all laboratories that test industrial hemp, including laboratories that test hemp throughout the growing season to monitor THC levels, must be registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Read the full Senate bill here.
More information on laws and regulations related to industrial hemp can be found here.
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