The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rulesHemp Industry Daily has learned.

With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day.

Garrett Graff of Hoban Law Group told Hemp Industry Daily last week that at one point the USDA was suggesting it would release the regulations in November, but then the timeline was moved up to Aug. 1.

Now, it looks as if the original November date was more accurate.

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Oct. 17, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Censky said he expected the administration to issue hemp regulations within a few weeks.