CASPER, Wyo. — The attorney general in Wyoming has said the state is close to setting statewide hemp-growing regulations amid concerns from farmers about missing the upcoming growing season.
The state is awaiting approval from the US Department of Agriculture, which denied an earlier plan, Casper Star-Tribune reports.
The Wyoming hemp plan was submitted in April with interest from investors and farmers, but it was held up because of delays to solidify regulations at the federal level, officials said.
Federal regulations were finalized Oct. 31 and the state had to reform plans to be back in compliance in time to implement across the state, agency officials said.
Any state regulations around hemp must be approved by the state Attorney General Bridget Hill and Governor Mark Gordon before it is submitted to the federal agency, officials said.
Hill expects the agency to approve the state's proposal in time to give producers enough time to get plants in the ground for the growing season, she said.
If things are delayed the state could potentially be missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue for this year’s crop, some investors said.