Texas Deschedules Hemp
The Texas Department of State Health Services declared Hemp is no longer on the list of controlled substances on March 15th. The bill has been processed and became effective April 5th, 2019 thanks to the work of John Hellerstedt and many others. According to the Texas DHSH the bill aims to be “consistent with federal law.”
In December 2018 the Farm Bill was passed to legally define “hemp” and separate it from the blanket term “marijuana.” Both hemp and marijuana are derived from the same plant Cannabis, however the Farm Bill defines hemp as “the Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds…with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Although, descheduling hemp from the Controlled Substances Act is a step in the right direction, there is still more to be done. Primarily regulating the production and manufacturing of hemp products. The U.S Food and Drug Administration still needs “to update rules on food products containing CBD.” [S] They will announce a hearing for May 31, 2019 “to obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds.” [S]
Texas is Making Moves
Texas lawmakers are working towards regulating and allowing hemp farmers to grow hemp within the state of Texas.
Senate Bill 1240
This legislation allows the state to regulate fees and licensing, inspections, sample collection and testing, and proper disposal of cannabis plants containing more than 0.3% THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration.
House Bill 1325
This legislation would allow the state agriculture department to develop practices and procedures for growing hemp such as maintaining information “regarding land on which hemp is produced in this state,testing the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of hemp produced, and conducting inspections at random.” Additionally it would institute fees for farmers to cultivate hemp. [S]
House Bill 989
This bill promotes the research of industrial hemp and hemp-derived products through the state agriculture department and a selected university. [S]
House Bill 1230
This legislation authorizes the state agriculture department to create regulations, consult with the governor and attorney general, and then send the plans to the United States Department of Agriculture for approval. [S]
House Bill 4276
This legislation relates to the legalization of certain cannabidiol by including it in the definition of “hemp” according to Section 297A, Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. Section 1639o). [S]
LS Naturals supports these growing changes and will continue to update more news about hemp laws and regulations as they move forward.