A congressional panel held a hearing on Thursday that touched on a wide range of hemp issues, with lawmakers and witnesses—including two state agriculture commissioners and industry representatives—highlighting reforms they would like to see made as part of the 2023 Farm Bill.
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research has jurisdiction over areas of specific, limited hemp policy matters, but members took the opportunity to discuss broader issues such as proposals to allow marketing of products containing derivatives like CBD, increase the THC limit for legal crops and eliminate Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lab testing requirements.
Unburdening the hemp industry is simple:
Raise the allowable THC threshold
Remove DEA lab testing restrictions
Stop the discriminatory license ban
These are commonsense solutions in my Hemp Advancement Act @HouseAgDems will hear about + more in today’s 10am hearing pic.twitter.com/1VTFeUCu2y
— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) July 28, 2022
Hemp was federally legalized as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, but while that bipartisan achievement was welcome news for advocates and industry stakeholders, opening up what’s become a massive market in the U.S., many have pointed out challenges with the implementation of the current law by the U.S.
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