Rhode Island, Luiseno Indians Receive USDA Approval for Hemp Plans

Field of Hemp Plants
  • The state of Rhode Island and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians have both received USDA approval for their hemp-regulation plans.
  • Rhode Island has a total of 20 hemp growers as of the end of 2020.
  • The USDA is only a few days away from oversight changes, which could stall any further regulation approvals.

With only a few days remaining before the oversight changes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state of Rhode Island and Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians have received approval for their hemp-regulation plans.

The Luiseno Indians are located in southern California.

As of the end of 2020, the state of Rhode Island has 20 legally licensed hemp growers. The state doesn’t put a limit on hemp acreage, and it doesn’t bother with counting the total amount of acres used for hemp either. Instead, Rhode Island requires its producers to create and submit plans in order to “track hemp growth from seed to sale.”

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians and the state of Rhode Island will charge their interested hemp growers the following:

   Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians  Rhode Island
License fees    $2,500 (annual renewal)    $2,250 (valid two years)
Application fees    $5,000    $250

The approval of their hemp plans is great news for both Rhode Island and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. As the USDA is only a few days away from some serious role shifts, there’s no telling how long of a delay there would have been.

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