Less than every week after federal hemp laws took impact, a Republican Senator is engaged on a brand new invoice to revise these rules. But as an alternative of imposing further restrictions on this new business, this proposal seeks to make life simpler for hemp farmers.
The US authorities legalized hemp below the 2018 Farm Bill, however though this regulation ended the mindless prohibition of this non-intoxicating plant, the feds’ determined concern of THC is making life troublesome for hemp farmers. Under present regulation, hemp vegetation are restricted to a most THC content material of 0.three p.c, and any crops that exceed this threshold should be destroyed.
The THC content material in pure hemp flower can differ on account of environmental elements, so even a slight change within the climate may imply that a whole crop should be destroyed. To make issues worse, cultivators are required to have their flowers’ THC content material examined 30 days prior to reap. Many farmers have complained that they don’t have sufficient time to gather these samples, check them, and then harvest their crop.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) simply filed the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act in an try and loosen up a few of these onerous restrictions. This invoice would elevate the THC restrict for hemp vegetation to at least one p.c, greater than triple the present restrict. If handed, this provision would preserve farmers from having to burn completely wholesome hemp vegetation simply because they inch barely over the official THC restrict.
“For years, I’ve led the fight in Washington to restore one of Kentucky’s most historically vital crops by legalizing industrial hemp,” Paul mentioned in a press launch, according to Marijuana Moment. “We achieved a hard-won victory, but there is still work to do to prevent the federal government from weighing down our farmers with unnecessary bureaucratic micromanaging.”
The invoice would additionally make farmers’ lives simpler by testing last hemp merchandise for THC, as an alternative of testing the precise flower itself. This would make life a lot simpler for farmers, and would additionally enable hemp producers to mix higher- and lower-THC crops to create merchandise that fall throughout the federal THC restrict.
“The THC content of hemp plants is significantly impacted by environmental factors, which farmers cannot control,” Paul’s abstract of the invoice explains. “Alternatively, hemp processors have greater control over the THC content in their products. Providing a statutory fix to this problem, by testing the final hemp-derived product rather than the hemp flower or plant itself, would ease the burden on farmers.”
The HEMP Act would additionally assist shield firms that transport hemp throughout state traces from being harassed by police. In the 2 years since hemp has been authorized, cops from Kansas to Texas to New York have seized shipments of completely authorized hemp and arrested drivers for transporting what they thought was unlawful marijuana. Under Rand’s new invoice, all hemp shipments would come with official documents proving that the crops in query are all utterly compliant with federal regulation.
“Senator Rand Paul’s legislation is very timely with the state departments of agriculture’s passing policy that would re-define hemp at one percent,” mentioned Patrick Atagi, chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council, Marijuana Moment reports. “We believe the HEMP Act is important for consumers and the consumer’s right to know and are proud to support Senator Paul’s efforts. If passed, the HEMP Act will help with the overall economy and providing jobs to Americans.”