Senate Committee Urges Rethink Of Hemp THC Limit And Pushes CBD Regulations

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An influential U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday voted to advance funding legislation and attached report language that encourages the federal government to reconsider “arbitrary” THC restrictions on hemp and continue efforts to develop a regulatory pathway for CBD products. Those provisions, among others, were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee as part of legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2022. The legislation would also continue a rider that protects state hemp programs from federal interference and extend the terms of an earlier pilot program under which some U.S. states began cultivating the plant for CBD and other uses. Here’s a look at the cannabis-related provisions approved by the panel, several of which are similar to measures that advanced though the House last month: Senators took issue with the 2018 Farm Bill’s 0.3 percent THC cap for lawful hemp products and directed USDA to work with the other federal agencies on a study of whether that threshold is scientifically supported: “Hemp.—The Committee is concerned that the level of allowable THC content in hemp may be arbitrary and pose a burden on hemp producers that is not supported by scientific evidence. The Committee directs USDA to work with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration to study and report to Congress on whether there is scientific basis for the current limit of 3 percent THC in hemp and suggest alternative levels if necessary.” (The report language misstates the current 0.3 percent THC threshold as 3 percent.) The report also pushes FDA to continue developing regulations to allow CBD products and, in the meantime, to issue a policy of enforcement discretion for such products: “Cannabis and Cannabis Derivatives.—The Committee notes that budget did not…

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