On April 24th, the state of Texas made headlines when it passed the bill to legalize hemp derived products in the state of Texas. State Representative Tracy King, approved the House Bill 1325, last month.
All done, in hopes to develop the use of Industrial Hemp, to further develop the use of Industrial Hemp. The Senate unanimously approved legalization of these products and for local farmers to participate in Industrial trade.
How is Hemp different to Marijuana?
Hemp is entirely different from Marijuana. In fact, it contains 0.3% less of tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC) which is the psychoactive element of Hemp.
THC is what gives the ‘high’ to cannabinoid users. However, recent development in the Hemp industry has produced vital hemp-derived products that are flooding local markets. However, due to the older laws, the local farmers would not benefit from this actual trade.
Finally, Texas joins the other states forty-two states to legalize CBD products, which in turn helps the local farmers and loosens trade restrictions on these products. Hemp can derive many useful products like CBD oil, which has proven medicinal properties.
Apart from that, everyday household items like clothing, twine, protein powder, and certain cosmetics utilize Hemp as well. The growing demand for Hemp producers in the industry needs to be supported by local law. Which, in turn, helps the farmers and industries thrive.
How does Hemp legalization affect Local farmers?
This course of action will primarily affect the farmers who before this, were not allowed to process or grow any plantations within the State of Texas.
They were not benefiting from the local market’s increasing demand for Hemp-derived products. Now they can freely process it and supply it to the market. This is a great push for the agriculture industry.
King stated that he is excited about the outcome of the Senate vote and the prospects it will bring for the industrial hemp trade. It will significantly affect farmers who can actively benefit from the growing industry.
In addition to that, many other products will enter the market and will be readily available to consumers. It will further establish Hemp use in the food industry, personal care products, and other consumer products.
Sale of Hemp derived products has increased by a whopping 700% from 2012 to 2019, with a further increase of 200 Million Expected up until 2020. The sooner the state of Texas gets on board with this, the better!
Does that mean marijuana is legal too?
Even though both Hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant family, they are not the same. Marijuana has a higher THC content, while Hemp contains a much lower psychoactive element.
Recently the US federal government removed hemp from under its regulation, and it is no longer classified as a controlled substance. Texas, too, followed the same footsteps by stepping into industrial hemp production.
However, since both Marijuana and Hemp come from the same plant, the state law defines them as the same thing. Products with anything more than 0.3% levels of THC will still deem as illegal within the state of Texas.
More about the Hemp Bill
Marijuana, while derived from the same source, is a different substance. It still cannot be legally grown in the state of Texas. Even given the circumstance that this bill passes as a law, marijuana remains illegal.
Many lawmakers later clarified that this would not increase the use of recreational marijuana, which was a pressing concern before the bill had passed.
The bill ensured that farmers who indulge in growing hemp that contained more than 0.3% levels of THC would be subject to consequences and are reprimanded for their actions.
Furthermore, none of the by-products of Hemp will include having the product ‘smoked’ in any way. Shop retailers will be subject to random testing and will require a local permit if they sell CBD oils or other products.
The bill also covered procedures that ensure farmers to abide by the law, by sampling, inspecting, and testing out all crop yields. That further ensures that the bill is for useful and safe development within Industrial Hemp products.
For now, all production of hemp-derived products and processing of hemp will be outsourced. Their raw materials will be sourced from the states which are legally allowed to grow them.
While this does not allow farmers to complete free, it does develop enough leg room for local farmers to not only participate in the hemp trade but greatly benefit from it. That further ensures that the bill is for useful and safe development within Industrial Hemp products.
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