Watch Live: Congressional Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Hemp As Work Begins On 2023 Farm Bill

Watch Live: Congressional Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Hemp As Work Begins On 2023 Farm Bill
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Lawmakers on a House Agriculture subcommittee are holding a hearing on Thursday that’s expected to touch on a wide range of hemp issues, potentially setting the stage for future legislation that could build on the current regulations for the crop and its derivatives like CBD. The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research has jurisdiction over areas of specific, limited hemp policy matters, but members like Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have already previewed that they plan to raise broader issues such as proposals to increase the THC limit for legal hemp and eliminating Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lab testing requirements. Unburdening the hemp industry is simple: Raise the allowable THC threshold Remove DEA lab testing restrictions Stop the discriminatory license ban These are commonsense solutions in my Hemp Advancement Act @HouseAgDems will hear about + more in today’s 10am hearing pic.twitter.com/1VTFeUCu2y — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) July 28, 2022 Hemp was federally legalized as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, but while that bipartisan achievement was welcome news for advocates and industry stakeholders, opening up what’s become a massive market in the U.S., many have pointed out challenges with the current law and pushed for further reforms. Lawmakers at the hearing will hear from two state agriculture commissioners as well as industry representatives. Watch the committee discuss hemp the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hemp program in the video below: 

The panel announced last week that it would hold a hemp-related hearing, though the initial notice offered little detail about what members would be specifically discussing. But the expectation is that this conversation will focus on policies that could be incorporated into the 2023 Farm Bill. Another key area of interest for stakeholders is the marketing of hemp-derived CBD, but that would likely fall under the jurisdiction…

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