The official ban of smokeable hemp from retail locations in Texas took effect on August 2. House Bill 1325 contains all the rules that the state plans to follow for the sale of hemp and CBD products as well as production, manufacturing, and inspection.
According to the state’s website, the program aims to provide, “clarity for future license and registration holders, as well as adequate safeguards for consumers of Consumable Hemp Products. Both the industry and consumers will be served through Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP’s). Consumers will be served through industry compliance with testing, labeling, recordkeeping, and other applicable requirements.”
While almost 1,700 commenters expressed disagreement with the rule, lawmakers decided to move forward. Previous rulings had already stopped Texas hemp companies from making more smokeable hemp flower, but it wasn’t until this rule that the products were expressly banned.
Tinctures, lotions, and edibles are still on the list of approved CBD products. The ban only looks at products used directly for smoking or vaporization.
Advocates for hemp like Jax Finkel of Texas NORML, a nonprofit focused on cannabis reform, aren’t happy about the ruling but are still looking to inform consumers about the new guidelines. “(Shops have) been able to stay open, keep people employed. We hope that’s able to continue. But if they take a hit to income due to the retail shops not being able to sell CBD, that could be problematic for them. You know, anything that’s not marketed for smoking or vaporization will still be able to be available to everyone. It confuses the ability for consumers to know what to do with their product and be properly educated. And not to me, that’s a little misleading, and it’s a lot of gray area,” Finkel told the press.