USDA General Counsel Issues Hemp Memorandum

If you are interested in growing or processing hemp in Georgia, this is a must-read. On 28 May 2019 USDA General Counsel Stephen Alexander Vaden issued the Memorandum contained in the following linked .pdf document. The Memorandum, Subject: Executive Summary of New Hemp Authorities, answers many of the pressing questions concerning the legality of hemp. As we progress with our program here in Georgia, GHI will earnestly endeavor to keep you apprised along the way.


  1. tammy kight

    I am interested in the use of Hemp regarding Bioplastics. Your link does not work. What is the viability of this being an option for replacing traditional plastics ?

    1. Tom McCain

      Thank you for the notice about the link. Here’s another:

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