Government, Business, Technology, Safety

CVSA Asks FMCSA to Require Documents for Hemp Transports

Hemp A hemp plant is pollinated in Oregon. (Don Ryan/Associated Press)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to amend agency regulations to require that interstate transporters of hemp carry a variety of shipping documents to avoid law enforcement uncertainties.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 15, 2022
Government, Business

USDA Says It Lacks Jurisdiction to Issue Hemp Transport Shipping Document Guidance

Field of hemp Field of hemp by chriss_ns/Getty Images

A final hemp rule announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not include requirements for shipping documents that could help motor carriers avoid being stopped, inspected or subject to detention by law enforcement when crossing state boundaries.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Carriers, Law Enforcement Learning the Ropes for Hemp Transport

hemp Hemp at a Colorado farm. (Colorado Department of Agriculture)

The chairman of a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance working group focused on hemp said that while interstate transport of the substance is legal, potential risks remain for motor carriers and drivers hauling it.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 3, 2020
Government, Business

Truck Drivers Should Beware of CBD, Drug Policy Expert Says

CBD CBD oil on display at an expo. (Carla K. Johnson/Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Transportation told truck drivers use of CBD oils would be at their own career risk.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2020
Government, Business

Hemp Is Legal, but Guidelines Still Need Tweaking, Commenters Say

hemp plant Some of the comments noted there remains a need for the USDA to tell truck drivers what papers they need in the event they are stopped by law enforcement while carrying hemp. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

Among more than 4,600 public comments filed regarding a new regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 31, many lobbed criticism at how regulators are interpreting the underlying 2018 farm bill that legalized industrial hemp.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2020
Government, Business

USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Hemp Rule to Jan. 29

hemp plant Industrial hemp plants. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the public comment period on its interim final hemp rule for 30 days — until Jan. 29.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 19, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

For Hemp Transporters, Idaho Roads May Resemble Obstacle Course

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Idaho Gov. Brad Little by Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order that will permit motor carriers to transport hemp through the state that in recent months has been a risky proposition for truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

USDA Final Interim Rule Affirms Interstate Transport of Hemp

hemp plant A ladybug sits on a leaf of a hemp plant at a research station in Aurora, Ore., that's part of Oregon State University's newly formed Global Hemp Innovation Center. (Gillian Flaccus/AP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 30 announced its final interim rule supporting a 2018 hemp legalization law that will allow the interstate transportation of hemp without interference from the states.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 30, 2019
Government, Business

Charges Reduced for Three Truck Drivers Hauling Legal Hemp Through Idaho

Industrial hemp plants An industrial hemp plant. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

Three truck drivers arrested on felony marijuana trafficking charges in the past 18 months for hauling loads of legal hemp through Idaho have agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in return for suspended jail sentences and fines.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Appeals Court Sends Idaho Hemp Suit Back to State Court

The Idaho hemp lawsuit will go back to the state court. A hemp plant is pollinated in Oregon. (Don Ryan/Associated Press)

A federal appeals court has sent an appeal in an Idaho hemp civil lawsuit back to a state court, deciding to abstain from a ruling on whether to return to the owners a 6,700-pound load of hemp seized en route from Oregon to Colorado by Idaho State Police earlier this year.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 13, 2019