Bates Research | 12-12-19
Banking Agencies Clarify SARs Requirements for Hemp, Possibly Paving the Way for Cannabis
A key to understanding new BSA guidance on the “legal status of commercial growth and production of hemp” can be found in provisions of the Farm Bill signed into law in December of last year. That legislation distinguished and removed hemp (though not marijuana) as a controlled substance under law, and interim rules, issued by the USDA in late October 2019, established a federal licensing approval plan that allows state departments of agriculture and tribal governments to submit plans for monitoring and regulating hemp production. Given this context, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, FinCEN, the OCC and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued a statement clarifying BSA obligations under these new USDA interim rules. Bates Research takes a closer look.