This article By Robert Hoban was originally published on Forbes and appears here with permission.

As all Americans know, on January 20, 2021, Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. His inauguration came with a slew of nominees, various cabinet-level positions, and agency heads across the entire federal government. While new leadership and new appointments would bring new directions, the departing Trump Administration took one final stab at putting its fingerprints on hemp policy.

On January 15th, six days before the new president took office, the USDA published a final rule for Domestic Hemp Production closing the loop on a two-year process that began with the 2018 Farm Bill. This piece of legislation directed USDA to establish a…



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