Is Hemp Legal In Texas? On Monday the Texas Senate legalized hemp production in this state. This law further clarifies the economic regulations for Hemp trade and CBD products within the state of Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott signed the law, which aims to not only make CBD products legal but also allows farmers to grow Hemp as a crop.
Is Hemp Legal In Texas: New Regulations
This law will immediately go into effect and will be operational within the State of Texas. In accordance with Federal law, Hemp is no longer a controlled substance.
The list of controlled substances includes drugs that are under the regulations of the government. This list includes many opioids, medications, and hard drugs. Before the Farm bill of 2018, Hemp was a part of government regulation too.
However, Hemp is no longer on the list and is a legal product (under certain conditions) for the United States. Texas followed the steps of the federal government and replicated this law last month
Hemp production and cultivation activity were illegal for a long time before the Senate passed the law to legalize it. Now the state of Texas will get to join the 42 states that made Hemp production legal in the country.
At first CBD and Hemp products with any amount of THC was illegal for consumption and retail. However, after the new law, a level of 0.3% THC is allowed for retail and consumption.
THC is the psychoactive element of Hemp. It is the compound that is likely to give you a ‘buzz.’ However, the CBD products under the laws and regulation do not contain such high amounts of THC to trigger these reactions.
This bill is more for the economic transactions and industrial uses of Hemp. It is likely to help out farmers, secondary producers, retailers, and Hemp markets flourish.
Regulation for Farmers and Hemp farming
This law allows a federally approved program for farmers. This program will be primarily aimed towards maintaining a check and balance between hemp cultivation and its production. There will be a procedure in place for sampling fields, for testing CBD products and their THC content and the overall inspection of transport of any kind of hemp and CBD product.
The government does not want this law to promote illegal activity within the state and provide a gateway for the retail of other drugs.
This would really help prosper the local Hemp trade in Texas. It will allow farmers to cash in on the growing hemp economy and provide for the booming demand.
In addition to that, Hemp is growing as an industrial raw material and more and more companies require it in their manufacturing processes. This will help not only the agriculture industries but will also create a price floor for farmers to benefit from.
The agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller had a statement during his press release, regarding the whole event. He said, “I am excited that we have taken one more step towards giving producers in Texas the opportunity to grow hemp.”
He further commented, “Texas will be a leader in hemp production, and we will be submitting our plan and writing rules to follow the 2018 Farm Bill and the law recently enacted in Texas. This will be another tool for farmers that are looking to diversify their farming operation.”
Heather Fazio, the current director for Marijuana policy also commented on the law stating, “The Texas Legislature got at least one thing right this session when they legalized hemp” He added, “Finally, Texas farmers are no longer cut out of this lucrative agricultural market. Plus, Texans are now free to use CBD without fear of arrest.”
The Future of Hemp Products in Texas
Recently more and more mega-players in the Hemp market have found many uses for the plant. This includes oils, tinctures, and many useful CBD products that the Texan state can benefit from.
As now all products under the 0.3% THC limit have the approval for retail and consumption. This will also boost the research and development in Hemp’s industrial uses.
However, marijuana is still illegal in Texas. There will be no recreational use of marijuana, and consumers will be prosecuted as per law. There were efforts to develop a bill that decriminalizes small possessions of marijuana.
However, that fill did not undergo approval. Although, the silver lining is that now the Compassionate Use act works towards making medical cannabis more accessible. That bill still awaits the Governor’s signature or veto. However, a full and final decision will be made on June 16th, 2019.