- Former Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly said that he would legalize marijuana during a new interview, quickly correcting himself to clarify that he would simply decriminalize possession of cannabis.
- On top of respecting states’ rights to implement their own cannabis policies, Biden said in the new interview with the Missouri TV station that he’d instruct my departments not to enforce the federal law in states that have enacted legalization.
- The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently said that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partly responsible for restrictive policies included in its hemp rules.
- At a House Agriculture Committee hearing last week, Secretary Sonny Perdue was asked to weigh in on concerns hemp producers have expressed about testing requirements for the crop.
- The advocacy group Vote Hemp, which first noted the exchange, said that after hearing the secretary’s comments, they were left wondering why officials in the Drug Czar’s office and DEA are having so much influence on hemp farming regulations and why USDA is unable to regulate as they see best and were authorized by Congress to do.
- Also during the hearing, Rep. James Comer (R-KY) told Perdue that he’s concerned that USDA’s decision to provide hemp farmers with access to federal crop insurance could result in additional overproduction.
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