Texas Hemp: Public Hearing on Proposed Rules/Regulations

WACO — The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) hosted a hearing at the Texas Farm Bureau Conference Center to accept public comments on the draft hemp rules, which were published Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Hearing audio transcript available here.

Hemp (cannabis with < 0.3% THC) is currently legal to sell, possess, and consume in our state. Regulatory agencies are working to establish rules that create licensing requirements for cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers. If you are currently selling consumable hemp products, you will soon need a retail license. Details to be determined.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions about the Texas hemp program can be found on the TDA website here. Submit your comments and suggested amendments to the rules via email: rulecomments@texasagriculture.gov.

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.

Commissioner Miller said at the hearing that he expected licensing to be available in early-mid March. Rules must be finalized before licensing can begin.

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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