Gov. Polis Commends USDA for Evolving Approach to Hemp Testing

Thursday, February 27, 2020

DENVER - Following reports that the federal government is abandoning its proposed requirement for utilizing only DEA approved laboratories for testing hemp, Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement: 


“Colorado is leading the way when it comes to hemp production and cultivation. I'm relieved that the USDA and Sec. Perdue are recognizing the concerns that Colorado raised in our comments on the interim final rule. This move will help create more job opportunities, will help our farmers and our economy,” said Governor Jared Polis. 


Last month, Gov. Jared Polis, Commissioner Kate Greenberg and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Attorney General Phil Weiser, submitted the State’s official response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. 


The Colorado federal delegation showed support for the Polis administration’s comments on the proposed hemp rule. Members of the Colorado state legislature also approved a joint resolution in support of the State’s comments.