Hauling hemp can be risky for drivers even though it’s now legal to grow it, process it and sell it — which is why some states are including provisions in their hemp plans to try and ease the pain, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) top legal official.

Speaking at USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, USDA general counsel Stephen Vaden said that a handful of states are requiring that drivers hauling hemp have documentation verifying that their cargo is legal.

“Currently none of the roadside tests that any state or local law enforcement officer would use can readily determine hemp from marijuana,” Vaden told FreightWaves after a panel discussion at the event.

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John Gallagher ~ FreightWaves.com

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