Long awaited draft rules relating to the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of hemp and hemp products have been released!
In January, the United States legalized low-THC cannabis (.3%), defining it as hemp and authorizing interstate commerce. Texas followed suit in June. Since then, we’ve all been waiting for rules to be drafted with details about licensing, testing, and other requirements.
At long last, the USDA published their interim rules, allowing states to submit their regulatory plans for approval. In this December 2 letter to the USDA, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller did just that, setting Texas up to establish what could be the largest hemp market in the country.
Once our state plan is approved, The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will have to go through the formal approval process for state regulations, so there is time to amend the draft rules if necessary. More information about the Texas Hemp Program can be found here.
RELATED: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is tasked with regulating consumable hemp products. While many of their recently proposed rules are reasonable, they are attempting to prohibit in-state sales of “smokeable” hemp, something they don’t seem to have the authority to do. More here.