Commissioner Sid Miller Announces Public Hearing for State Hemp Program

Hemp was legalized at the state and federal levels in 2019, bringing an end to the prohibition of broad spectrum (low-THC – .3%) cannabis!

Now, regulatory agencies are working to establish rules for implementation, including the licensing of cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers. Sid Miller, our state’s Ag. Commissioner, has announced the first formal hearing to accept public comment on his department’s draft rules, which are currently being considered for approval by the USDA.

Public comment will be accepted at the meeting and written comments can be emailed to TDAHempProgram@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Commissioner Miller’s Press Release

Sid Miller, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), announced he will host a public hearing to take public comments on the Texas hemp rules. The rules were published Friday, Jan. 10, on the Texas Register. The hearing will be held on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. at the Texas Farm Bureau Conference Center in Waco, Texas.

The Texas Hemp Program outline has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval.  This document and the proposed rules must be approved and finalized before TDA can begin granting licenses to legally grow hemp in Texas.

Proposed rules are published on the Texas Register and are available on the TDA website.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Texas hemp rules and more information on the upcoming hemp program, visit the TDA website here.

WHEN:Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 @ 9 a.m.
WHERETexas Farm Bureau Conference Center
7410 Fish Pond Road
Waco, Texas, 76710
WHO:Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller 
WHAT:Public hearing to take public comments on the Texas hemp rules

Related: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is considering draft rules to regulate consumable hemp products. Most of the rules are acceptable, but they are setting outside of their statutory authority with a provision that would ban “smokable” hemp. Read more here.

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