Plan Your Company’s Hemp Shipping Carefully
In 2019, hemp is federally legal but not without heavy regulation. Hemp cultivation and processing requires compliance with either federal regulations from the previous Hemp Pilot program, or another state law authorizing hemp’s cultivation. USDA has until 2020 to release its final hemp regulations. Hemp commodity markets have not fully matured.
The 2019 growing season will be the largest in the United State’s in decades. Hemp shipments will come up, and law enforcement might confuse the crop for the unlawful marijuana. Here’s how to get your hemp to its destination safely.
Understand The Legalities
Hemp is much different than other commodities due to the nature of the cannabis plant.
We always provide our clients with a procedure for the transportation of the hemp shipment. This includes a package documenting all of the COAs, registrations and a bill of lading explaining the weight and lot numbers of the shipment.
In case our drivers do get pulled over we are prepared to show the law enforcement all documentation on the load and regarding legality of hemp.
Law enforcement will see:
- Hemp’s certificates of analysis (COA)
- Registrations for all parties involved in shipping
We have never ran into any issues with law enforcement while transporting hemp.
Have A Certificate Of Analysis (COA) Readily Available
A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a promise made by a testing facility as to the contents of the hemp that was tested. The testing facility must be approved by the state. These testing companies analyze your cannabis, either hemp or marijuana, and provide a COA as to what is in it. The COA should include:
- Lab that Performed the Test
- Cannabinoid Profile
- Third Party Lab
- Heavy Metal Analysis
- Pesticide Analysis
Proper hemp shipping requires having an independent third party COA.
Plan Your Hemp Shipping Route
This is where we can help you out. We utilize an updated state-by-state citation summary that allows us to map out a route to greatly reduce any chance of your shipment not making it. Idaho is now considered a safe state although you must follow strict restrictions, see our guide here.
All of our trucks are able to be locked up with tamper-proof and security alarm systems. Our drivers are able to provide pictures of the hemp prior to shipping and our hemp specific cargo insurance covers you in case something does happen.