The Second Half of 2019

Rick Trojan, Vote Hemp & The Hemp Road Trip | August 21, 2019

2019 has already proved itself a big year for cannabis, but not without its fair share of hiccups. Once the 2018 Farm Bill passed, the industry believed it would make things easier. They figured banking would open. Federally, hemp was defined as all parts of the plant under 0.3% THC, which means all cannabinoids from industrial hemp under that level are legal. That was a big win for the industry, cannabinoids in general, and for your health. What we’ve come to discover is that there’s still a lot of misinformation out there. USDA has yet to formulate their regulations, which I understand will happen this year. The initial projection was for this to take place in 2021 or 2022, but the new goal is for the federal regulations to be ready for next year’s planting season. Still a long way to go A lot has happened. There’s still a lot to do. A better education on seed sourcing, genetic sourcing, clones, what’s legal and what’s not is still needed. Oklahoma, Idaho, and South Dakota are just a few of the states with legal issues they’ve yet to work through. There cases of unjustified seizures of hemp material, flower biomass, and leaf biomass in those states. Inappropriate arrests were made. I worry there is also a complete disregard for correct information all the way up to the government level. We need to help the people and law enforcement understand that this plant has been a part of our human and global system for …

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