Congressional Researchers Outline Hemp Regulatory Issues And Possible Solutions For Next Farm Bill

Congressional Researchers Outline Hemp Regulatory Issues And Possible Solutions For Next Farm Bill
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Congressional researchers have released a new report that outlines a number of ways that stakeholders hope to see federal hemp laws revised to better support the industry through the next Farm Bill. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) said that while hemp was federally legalized through the most recent 2018 Farm Bill, “Congress may consider further amendments as it starts to debate” the next iteration expected in 2023, including policy changes related to THC limits and laboratory testing. One of the major, unique problems that the market faces is the fact that any hemp that contains more than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight is deemed “hot hemp” that must be destroyed, and there are multiple factors—including environmental variables outside of the farmer’s control—that can inadvertently increase THC limits. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, approximately 20 percent of all hemp grown in 2021 was eradicated due to exceeding that THC threshold, which CRS says demonstrates “the inherent risks to farmers of growing hemp within USDA’s regulatory framework.” The research agency also talked about how various hemp industry groups “often have differing priorities, which may complicate U.S. hemp policymaking.” “Moreover, the interests of these groups often span the use of hemp as an industrial input, as a food ingredient, and as a dietary supplement ingredient,” the report says. That said, CRS said that a “possible shared policy priority among these interest groups is to relax some of USDA’s regulatory requirements, which some grower groups and state regulators contend are overly restrictive and impractical.” “For example, some stakeholders want to reduce the oversight role of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in regulating hemp, including removing the requirement that hemp be tested at DEA-registered labs or that eligible testing labs be DEA-accredited,” it said. To that end, USDA did recently…

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