Rand Paul Files Bill To Increase Hemp THC Limit And Address Other Industry Concerns

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would triple the concentration of THC that can be in legal hemp plants and address multiple other concerns the industry has expressed about proposed federal regulations for the crop. Hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quickly got to work developing rules for the market. But industry stakeholders have strongly protested certain restrictive regulations that they say could inhibit the sector’s growth. Paul’s new Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act aims to resolve those problems by codifying four specific rules for the industry. For years, I’ve led the fight in Washington to restore one of Kentucky’s most historically vital crops by legalizing industrial hemp. I am proud the bill has strong support…Read more here: https://t.co/tBuIIQaRza pic.twitter.com/zjG9LnBcdL — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 15, 2020 Perhaps the most common complaint that lawmakers have heard from hemp businesses is that hemp is federally defined as containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. They say that’s too low, and so the bill would increase that threshold to one percent. It would also address potential problems with testing requirements under USDA’s proposed regulations. The agency said hemp processors would get a 15-day window to test the crop’s flower to ensure that the THC concentration is within the allowed limits. But testing flower can be onerous and farmers have said it would stretch their resources thin, not to mention that the plant’s THC is significantly impacted by environmental factors. To fix that issue, the senator is pushing for final hemp products themselves to be tested, rather than the initial flower from the plant. The legislation also calls for the establishment of a “seed certificate” to accompany hemp in transport. There have been instances where…

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