Wyden urges regulators to update hemp regulations

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon (center), prepares to enjoy a hemp doughnut at Blue Star Donut on Southwest Morrison Street in Portland on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, was also in attendance and is behind the woman at right. (KATU Photo)

Sen. Ron Wyden enjoyed some hemp doughnuts Monday at Blue Star Donut on Southwest Morrison Street and announced his push to legalize cannabis being sold over state lines.

Wyden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell co-authored the 2018 Hemp Farming Act, which was included in last year's farming bill.

Now Wyden says he and McConnell are urging regulators to update regulations to make the hemp bill a reality, which would move hemp from the list of controlled substances, support hemp as an agricultural commodity and allow the sale of hemp over state lines.

“This is one sweet day for Oregon agriculture,” said Wyden. “To get the full meal deal, however, Earl (Rep. Blumenauer) and I are working to make sure that the FDA updates the hemp regulations.”

The 2018 Farm Bill, which included the Hemp Farming Act, passed in December of last year.

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