Police in America Being Trained on How to Identify a Hemp Plant

Police in America Being Trained on How to Identify a Hemp Plant

A new high tech roadside device will help police determine if that bag of cannabis is hemp or marijuana. Because we all carry around bags of hemp buds…. After passing the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized CBD in the U.S., senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was surprised to learn that cops were having trouble learning how to identify a hemp plant. In day-to-day police work, finding the subtle differences between hemp and cannabis plants was simply too difficult — until now.  A new piece of equipment, developed by scientists at Texas A&M University, uses a spectral eye to quickly scan plant leaves and differentiate between legal hemp and illegal marijuana.  But, while the Republican leadership may hail this as a win for law enforcement, it raises questions and concerns in the cannabis grower space about police overreach and questions of regulating substances politicians don’t understand. The Hemp Legalization Problem Almost immediately after the legalization of CBD, prosecutors across the U.S. realized they had a problem. People caught with hemp were landing in court and going to jail, only to be set free once proof surfaced that their plant was not marijuana. The process was costly, time-consuming, and a total waste of time for everyone involved. Instead of wasting public resources, many district attorneys decided to let it slide. Since no one could confidently differentiate between hemp and marijuana without a lab test, most people caught with either were simply let go. It was an easy solution. After all, cannabis is…

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