Hemp hurdles

Hemp hurdles

Questions raised by Governor Hutchinson about whether regulations for industrial hemp research conflict with federal law and other queries have apparently slowed progress toward the implementation of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act.

The Industrial Hemp Committee, which is under the state Plant Board, approved draft regulations in January. Plant Board Director Terry Walker met with Hutchinson afterward to go over the rules. On Monday, Feb. 12, an agent from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency visited the Plant Board. A spokeswoman for the board said she could not discuss specifics of the meeting, and the DEA did not return a call from the Arkansas Times. J.R. Davis, the governor’s spokesman, said the governor did not request the DEA to make the visit.

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