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January 2020

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January 2020 | Overdrive | 13 The governor of the state at the cen- ter of two cases of truck drivers being charged with drug trafficking for hauling industrial hemp is reminding haulers that they only are allowed to transport the crop through the state in interstate commerce, despite hemp production being legalized at the fed- eral level. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in late October published an interim final rule establishing rules for hemp production that also allowed a provision of the 2018 Farm Bill to take effect that barred states from impeding the interstate trans- portation of industrial hemp. Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an executive order Nov. 19 to resolve any conflicts between state and feder- al law when it comes to transporting hemp through the state. Little said the order is "a stopgap measure" until the Idaho Legislature passes new laws regarding hemp transportation and production. The order states that hemp haulers can transport the crop only on inter- state highways and in the immediate vicinity of interstates unless there is a posted detour. Also, hemp haulers are required to stop at the first state port of entry they encounter and present to law enforcement certain docu- mentation regarding the cargo and its producer. Idaho State Police have authority to obtain a hemp sample for offsite testing to ensure it meets the require- ments of the 2018 Farm Bill. Earlier this year, three truckers previously charged with federal mari- juana possession and drug trafficking entered into misdemeanor plea deals to reduce their sentences for hauling hemp in Idaho. The reduced charges got the drivers out of jail time, but they still are required to serve unsu- pervised probation and pay fines and restitution. Under the new law that's now in effect, the drivers would have been legal, as they were hauling hemp from outside Idaho to other states and were driving through Idaho to their destination. — Matt Cole Idaho warns hemp haulers to stick to interstates SAVE AN AVERAGE OF $ 1,290 New Progressive customers save an average of $ 1,290 when they enroll in Smart Haul® and share their ELD data. Drive safely and that box on your dash could save you some cash. Visit ProgressiveCommercial.com or call your Local Agent. Use your ELD as an ATM. Smart Haul is not available in AK, HI, MT, NH and NY. Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. and affi liates.

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