It’s been a long time coming, Campbell County resident Frank Latta said, in response to news of Wyoming’s budding hemp industry, which in its first few months of infancy has skyrocketed.
Following the passage of legislation dating back to 2015, Gov. Mark Gordon approved the state’s first regulatory plan, which granted Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) regulatory authority over hemp growing and processing in the state. After submitting its hemp plan on Jan. 31, WDA received approval from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Feb. 20. During this time, the governor signed off on emergency rules that would allow the program to begin in time for the 2020 growing season.