The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Tuesday that hemp can be transported across state lines -- even through states that haven’t enacted laws allowing the crop’s production -- and that the descheduling of the plant and its derivatives under the 2018 Farm Bill are already in effect because they are self-executing and do not require further action by federal agencies.

In a four-point legal opinion issued by the agency, USDA specified that hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), states and Indian tribes may not prohibit the interstate transportation of lawfully marketed hemp products -- including those that fall under the more limited research-focused provisions of the previous 2014 Farm Bill -- and that restrictions on participation in the hemp industry apply for individuals with felony drug convictions.

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