The USA’s National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has formalised its help for increasing hemp optimum THC amounts.
The 2018 Farm Bill defined hemp while the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any right part of the plant with a delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent by dry weight. Above that and the cannabis is considered marijuana and that is therefore illegal
The 2018 Farm Bill had been an step that is important for the USA’s hemp industry, but is proving to be more restrictive compared to some countries where the maximum allowable THC limit is 1%. The 0.3 percent level greatly increases the risk of “hot crops” that subsequently have to be destroyed and can result in the farmer facing proceedings that are criminal
“This 0.3% delta-9 THC level 14 is an arbitrary standard that was never meant to be used as a legal measure for THC concentration in hemp, and is not consistent with the level of concern placed on the potential for diversion of crops with a THC concentration of 1% into an illicit market,” said Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Anson B. Tebbetts in the submission
NASDA members have voted to support an amendment to the definition of hemp in the 7 U.S.C. chapter 38, Hemp Production, Section 1639o (1) to say the term “hemp”:
“ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any element of that plant, like the seeds thereof and all sorts of derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or otherwise not, with an overall total tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of only one (1) per cent on a dry weight basis.”
NASDA has supported of hemp for several years, first adopting a policy that is formal back in 2002. The organisation has weighed in on a number of hemp issues since, including model that is consistent and consistent criteria for field sampling.(*)This is not the time that is first has lobbied for increased THC levels either. Last it urged the USDA to set the negligence threshold for THC at 1% of dry matter and allow for states to develop mitigation plans.(* year)