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Idaho Executive Order Allows Hemp Transportation

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued an executive order providing guidelines on how to legally transport hemp within the state of Idaho. This is another step in the right direction for the hemp industry as states begin to allow and guide farmers and processors transporting hemp.

However, Idaho has made this process somewhat difficult for truckers and growers. In order to be compliant the farmer must do the following:

    1. Provide the driver with a copy of the COA which confirms each lot of hemp being transported complies with the 2018 Farm Bill (under 0.3% THC).
    2. Provide the driver with a copy of the hemp production license from the producer of the hemp being transported.
    3. Provide the driver with a copy of the bill of lading, containing the shipment contents, origination, including lot number, and destinations of the hemp, the weight of the load, and the type of vehicle hauling or transporting the hemp. We work with the producers to get the lot numbers and weight, we then create this bill of lading and provide it to the transporter.
    4. Label all receptacles with the name and address of the producer, the quantity of the hemp, and the lot number to correspond with the above bill of lading.

In order for the transporter of hemp to remain compliant they must do the following:

    1. Have the affirmative duty to stop at the first port of entry encountered in the State of Idaho to declare the presence of hemp.
    2. Consent to inspection of the shipment to ensure that the hemp complies with the 2018 Farm Bill, they must also consent to randomly-selected, reasonable-sized sampling of hemp for further off-sight testing by the Idaho State Police (ISP).
    3. Once the hemp inspection is completed at the port of entry or roadside, an inspection report will be given confirming all required documents were presented.
    4. The transporter shall only stay on interstate highways and in the immediate vicinity of an interstate highway. They shall not transport the hemp on any other roadway or highway other than the interstate highway or in the immediate vicinity.

It seems daunting for any transporter and producer trying to ship across Idaho state lines, but that is the point Governor Brad Little is trying to make. He doesn’t want hemp in his state but according to federal law no state or indian tribe can legally stop the transportation of hemp.

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