New hemp legislation has been introduced in the United States to address the limitations associated with Farm Bill of 2018, including THC limits set at 0.3%.
This threshold, just restored in Europe, poses a number of problems for American hemp producers. If the choice of varieties is limited, the greatest risk is to exceed the THC limit, and to have to destroy your harvest, or even be the subject of criminal proceedings.
The issue of the temporary increase in THC levels during the processing of hemp into a final product below 0.3% is also left aside for the moment.
Hemp Advancement Act of 2022
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree presented the Hemp Advancement Act of 2022which aims to improve the provisions of the Farm Bill of 2018 relating to hemp.
” I present The Hemp Advancement Act of 2022 to eliminate unenforceable testing requirements, set reasonable THC thresholds for growers and processors while protecting consumers, and end the discriminatory policy that prohibits people with drug convictions from growing legal hemp,” said the Congressman Pingree.
This law would raise to 1% the THC threshold authorized for hemp and hemp extracts during processing. It also provides additional protections for the processing and transport of hemp that would have exceeded the THC limit due to excessively favorable growing conditions, abolishes the monopoly of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the registration of hemp testing laboratories and repeals the ban on most people with drug convictions from obtaining a hemp license.
Additionally, the law would revise the legal THC threshold for consumable hemp products from 0.3% delta-9 THC to 0.3% total THC, thereby addressing the thorny issue of delta-8 THC.
the Hemp Advancement Act of 2022 of Pingree has already garnered significant support within the industry, especially from the Hemp Round Tableone of the main lobbying associations around hemp.
“We are deeply grateful to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree for her strong leadership in driving this legislation on behalf of hemp growers, processors and consumers across the country,” the organization said.