The country’s federal agriculture agencies are seconding a call to raise hemp’s THC limit from 0.3% to 1%.
However, NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) didn’t mention in its reform statement how jurisdictions plan to make the change.
The reform was assimilated on Thursday during the panel’s winter summit.
The HIA (Hemp Industries Association) and other activists have termed the 1% THC threshold an important change to inspire engagement in the hemp industry.
Rob Richard (leader of the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance) said that the 1% limit will assist farmers country-wide, particularly those cultivating CBD by offering greater flexibility, selection variety and optimizing CBD percentages before the crop becomes hot.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has emphasized that it isn’t able to increase the THC threshold by itself.
NASDA’s reform statement doesn’t make a stand whether the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) should be amended in Congress.
Karney RJ, NASDA’s executive public policy director, asserted that the commission wants to offer more breathing space to producers.
He asserted through an email that the hemp sector is still growing and would merit more flexibility to prosper.
He added that by expanding the state definition to equal to or be less than 1% THC is dry-matter hemp, the state would provide farmers more certainty that their plants will get to the market.
NASDA policy amendment defines hemp as a Cannabis Sativa L. plant and component of that crop, including seeds, extracts, isomers, salts, acids, and salt isomers, with a THC concentration of 1% or less in a dry-weight scenario.
The policy was adopted on 25th February 2021 and was submitted by Secretary Anson Tebbets and it amended the 11.8 utility of Agricultural commodities.