The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) State of Nevada Hemp Plan was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on May 28, 2021.
The USDA requires states with hemp programs to submit a plan describing how the state’s regulations and processes will meet federal requirements to ensure hemp, not marijuana, make it to consumers.
Hemp is defined by a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of less than 0.3%, differentiating it from marijuana more commonly associated with the psychoactive effects of THC.
“We are committed to the preservation and promotion of the hemp industry in Nevada,” said NDA Plant Industry Division Administrator Ashley Jeppson. “The approval of our Nevada Hemp Plan will allow for support to be provided on a state level and for resources to be allocated for this industry.”
Per USDA federal regulations, all state hemp programs must have a plan that meets minimum federal guidelines. This includes describing state processes for registering growers, crop sampling and chemical analysis, and remediation or disposal of non-compliant crops.
Hemp must be confirmed through chemical analysis measuring the THC concentration, and crops exceeding 0.3% THC are considered non-compliant.
The NDA provided a presentation detailing federal requirements to certified hemp growers. In addition, the NDA held three public workshops and a hearing to receive public input and engage with the industry.