The Idaho Legislature passed and Governor Little signed into law HB 126, the bill that ends Idaho’s status as the last political jurisdiction in all North America to forbid all cultivation of industrial hemp. Now the Idaho Farm Bureau is laying out the schedule it believes will lead to the first legal hemp crops in Idaho since 1936.
House Bill 126 directs the ISDA to begin formulating a state hemp plan through the state’s negotiated rulemaking process, which allows anyone interested in participating to do so.
The state ag department immediately began planning for that process after the governor signed the bill into law. To find out more information about how to participate in the hemp rulemaking process, visit the ISDA website – agri.idaho.gov/main/ – and click on the hemp link on the left side of the page.
The first rulemaking meeting is June 23 and the second is June 30. Details on how to participate can be found on the ISDA’s hemp webpage.
After receiving public input, the ISDA will put together a state hemp plan that follows federal guidelines for industrial hemp. That plan needs to be approved by the governor and the director of the Idaho State Police.
Idaho’s hemp plan needs to be wrapped up and submitted to USDA by Sept. 1. The plan will also need to be approved by state lawmakers during the 2022 legislative session, which begins next January.
Remember, HB 126 did not legalize hemp. It legalized hemp with a license, and those licenses aren’t coming until next year. Anything you possess with THC in it—even hemp with <0.3% THC—is still marijuana in Idaho if you don’t have a license for it.