Virginia Governor’s Bold Hemp Bill Amendments Spark Controversy – 25-to-1 CBD-to-THC Ratio Ignites Fierce Debate

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Virginia Governor’s Hemp Bill Amendments: A Brewing Controversy over 25-to-1 CBD-to-THC Ratio

In a move that has sparked intense debate, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin recently made amendments to a contentious hemp bill that could significantly impact the hemp in the state. The key aspect of these amendments centers around a new 25-to-1 CBD-to-THC ratio for hemp-derived products, replacing the previous proposal limiting THC to 2 milligrams per container, as reported by The Virginian-Pilot.

Notably, one of the most contentious provisions removed by Governor Youngkin is the requirement for producers to add a bittering agent to hemp topicals. The aims to ease the regulatory burden on hemp operators and allow them more flexibility in their product formulations.

However, the Virginia Cannabis Association, advocating for further changes to the bill, believes that these amendments might inadvertently harm the local economy and result in losses. They express concern that the 25-to-1 ratio limit may still adversely affect the profitability of hemp across the state.

Owners of hemp operations, like Savana Griffith, who runs the Hemp Spectrum in Virginia Beach, have also weighed in on the issue. Griffith asserts that while the Governor’s leeway in the ratio is appreciated, it might not be sufficient to support the industry adequately. She suggests that a more workable ratio, like 10-to-1, could better safeguard hemp operators’ interests.

As the state’s General Assembly gears up to convene on April 12, they will not only consider Youngkin’s amendments to the hemp bill but also evaluate 77 other proposed changes. The fate of the hemp industry in Virginia hangs in the balance as lawmakers deliberate the implications of these amendments on local businesses and the state’s economic landscape.

In conclusion, Governor Youngkin’s recent amendments to the hemp bill, introducing a 25-to-1 CBD-to-THC ratio, have triggered a contentious debate between industry stakeholders and policymakers. While some see these changes as beneficial, others argue they might not go far enough to address the of hemp operators. As the legislative session approaches, all eyes are on the General Assembly to determine the future of Virginia’s burgeoning hemp sector.

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