New legislation establishes regulations for NY hemp industry

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that establishes regulatory framework for producing and selling hemp and hemp extract in New York state.

Posted: Dec 9, 2019 2:15 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that establishes regulatory framework for producing and selling hemp and hemp extract in New York state.

The growth of the hemp industry in the state has warranted regulatory guidelines requiring hemp producers to test and label items, including CBD, as a public safety measure to protect consumers.

"The hemp industry in New York is exploding and with that growth comes a responsibility to regulate the industry in a way that helps ensure its long-term viability and protects consumers,” said Cuomo. "By establishing a regulatory framework for producing and selling hemp and hemp extract we can set the industry on a path to continued growth in a smart, safe way that empowers both farmers and consumers."

This measure establishes a state-regulated process for growers, processors and sellers of hemp and hemp extract as well as requires the laboratory testing and labeling of hemp extract products.

The legislation was signed pursuant to a chapter agreement, which created a registration requirement for sellers of hemp extract products, made regulatory changes to the 2018 farm bill, and defers decision making on hemp extracts, including CBD, as additives for food and beverages.

The agreement also grants the Department of Agriculture and Markets supervision over hemp growers and the Department of Health supervision over hemp extract.

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