State Agriculture Departments Urge Congress to Triple Hemp THC Limit in 2024

Triple Hemp THC: The Green Revolution

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving headfirst into the exciting world of hemp and its journey towards a brighter future. You see, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is making some noise in Congress, and it’s all about one magic number: 1 percent THC. That’s right, they want to triple the THC limit for legal hemp, and we’re about to explore why this is such a game-changer.

Why NASDA Wants to Triple Hemp THC

Alright, let’s get the basics down. The current THC limit for hemp stands at a meager 0.3 percent. NASDA thinks it’s time to crank that up to 1 percent. Why? Well, it’s all about variety. Increasing the THC concentration to one percent would open up a world of possibilities for hemp farmers. Imagine being able to plant a broader range of seed varieties! This move retains some control over THC concentration while giving farmers more assurance that their crops will thrive.

The Farm Bill and NASDA’s 2024 Priorities

Now, you might be wondering, what’s the big deal with this change? NASDA is not just randomly pushing for it; it’s one of their top priorities for the 2024 Farm Bill. They’ve got their eyes on five key policy areas, and this THC increase is front and center. The CEO of NASDA, Ted McKinney, emphasizes the urgent need for action in these areas to support our hardworking farmers and ranchers.

Why the 0.3 Percent THC Limit Was Problematic

The 0.3 percent THC limit, which was introduced in the 2018 Farm Bill, has been a source of frustration for many. Critics argue that it was a bit arbitrary, rooted in a 1950s-era article that somehow made its way into federal statute. It’s safe to say that a lot has changed since the 1950s, and it’s high time we reevaluate these outdated limits.

Finding Common Ground in the Hemp Industry

While there might be differing policy priorities in the hemp industry, one thing unites many stakeholders: the desire to raise the THC limit to one percent for compliant hemp. This proposal even had its standalone bill in 2022, courtesy of Rep. Chellie Pingree. It’s a step in the right direction towards a more versatile hemp industry.

The Uncertain Fate of the Farm Bill

As of now, it’s unclear whether congressional lawmakers will tackle the Farm Bill this year. The 2018 version technically expired at the end of the previous year, but it got a lifeline thanks to President Joe ’s signature. There are also other hemp-related bills on the table, such as one that aims to end discriminatory federal policies against individuals with prior felony who want to engage in the legal hemp .

The Quest for CBD Legitimacy

Among the many challenges faced by hemp stakeholders, the issue of marketing hemp products like oil as dietary supplements and in the food supply remains a hot topic. The FDA holds the regulatory keys to this kingdom, and they’ve been a bit reluctant to let it all happen. Ron Wyden, Rand Paul, and Jeff Merkley, along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer, took matters into their own hands with legislation to remove these regulatory barriers.

USDA and Hemp License Revocations

Recent reporting has shed light on the USDA revoking certain hemp licenses for businesses that also retain state licenses for marijuana. It’s a complex situation that further underscores the need for a clearer regulatory framework in the hemp industry.

The Hemp Market’s Rollercoaster Ride

Despite all the ups and downs, the hemp market in 2022 emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly, it outpaced all state marijuana markets and even rivaled sales in the craft beer industry. That’s some serious growth potential right there!

The USDA’s Hemp Survey

In a bid to understand the state of the hemp industry better, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launched a targeting hemp farmers across the country. This initiative is part of their annual data collection efforts, and it shows that the government is keen on keeping up with the evolving hemp landscape.

So, my fellow aficionados, there you have it – the latest scoop on the push to triple hemp THC limits. It’s an exciting time for the hemp industry, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on how these developments unfold. Remember, knowledge is power, especially in the world of cannabis. Stay tuned for more updates, and a big shoutout to Kyle Jaeger for keeping us in the loop!

Now, let’s roll up our sleeves (figuratively, of course) and support the green that’s taking place right before our eyes. Together, we can ensure a brighter and more inclusive future for hemp farmers and enthusiasts alike. To infinity and beyond, my friends!

Q&A

Q: Why is the NASDA pushing for a higher THC limit in hemp?

A: The NASDA believes that increasing the THC limit to one percent would provide farmers with more seed variety options while maintaining control over THC concentration.

Q: What are the priorities of NASDA for the 2024 Farm Bill?

A: NASDA is focusing on five key policy areas, with the increase in the THC limit being one of their top priorities.

Q: Why has the 0.3 percent THC limit been criticized?

A: Critics argue that the 0.3 percent THC limit was arbitrarily set and based on outdated information from a 1950s-era article.

Q: What is the status of the Farm Bill for this year?

A: It’s unclear if congressional lawmakers will address the Farm Bill this year, as the 2018 version was technically expired but extended by President Biden.

Q: What is the main challenge in marketing hemp products like CBD?

A: The holds regulatory authority over marketing hemp products, and there have been challenges in legitimizing CBD products as dietary supplements and in the food supply.

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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