"No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ~ Winston Churchill
Rules of the Game
The long-anticipated DRAFT 'Vermont Hemp Rule' was released today by Cary Giguere, Director, Public Health, at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM).
The goal of the rulemaking process has been to clearly define the regulatory framework and product safety guidelines around which Vermont's federally compliant hemp program is to be built. I explored some of the process and the background for the Hemp Rule in a January post, here.
This note below, from Cary Giguere, accompanied today's announcement of the official version of the Draft Hemp Rule. A public comment period will follow once the Draft Rule is filed with the Secretary of State:
"Attached is a copy of the latest draft of the hemp rule. We have done our best to incorporate everyone’s comments and suggestions as well as designing a rule that will meet the criteria set forth in the 2018 farm bill, and promote the Vermont industry.... This draft has been filed internally and will be filed with the Secretary of State in the next 10 days. This will begin the official public comment period. We have not scheduled public meetings yet but will in the next few weeks."
I'm looking forward to carefully reviewing the draft hemp rule, then I'll follow up in the next few days with comments; some of my own and from other hemp stakeholders I hear from.
I also want to thank Cary, and the woman who did a lot of the heavy lifting, Stephanie Smith, Chief Policy Enforcement Officer at the Agency of Agriculture. They have both worked hard for months to put together the draft rule for all Vermont hemp stakeholders to carefully consider and respond to.
I'll be back soon with analysis. If Vermont is home, and hemp is your life, spend time getting to know the proposed rules that will frame the future of Hemp Vermont. Then, PLEASE post your comments and questions below, or reach me at <netaka"at"takabouthemp.com>. What do you think?
I'm Netaka, friends call me Tak ("tock"). I write from Vermont and curate Tak About Hemp.