Hemp companies continue to struggle to stay true to their products and comply with federal laws. To address this challenge and make it easier on businesses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is changing the rules. They have adjusted regulations to allow concentrates, extracts, or tinctures to contain up to 50 milligrams of THC per container.
This ruling will allow more industrial hemp to be used that is over the federal limit of 0.3% but is far from containing enough of the cannabinoid for users to feel the psychoactive effects. The previous limit was set at 10 milligrams per container.
The rule puts a lot of products back into legal circulation, and gives businesses more breathing room to operate.
“Every single one of our tinctures or droppers are back in business, because we were only a few milligrams over the 10 milligrams limit with our products. What it allows us to do is stay true to whole plant herbalism. We can maintain being certified organic because the naturally occurring levels of THC that are present in the hemp plant would still be allowed in there,” Brie Malarkey, CEO of Sun God Medicals, told the Register-Guard.
While these numbers are higher, they are still nowhere near the levels allowed for recreational marijuana. Those containers can have up to 1,000 milligrams of THC per container. According to OLCC Hemp and Processing Technician Steven Crowley, most whole hemp tinctures have between 20 and 40 milligrams of THC and several hundred milligrams of CBD.
The new rules will allow these tinctures to be sold in 1 gram units. Edibles will retain the previous rules. They are still restricted to containing 10 milligrams of THC per container and no more than 1 milligram per serving.