The hemp industry is ever changing and 4 states have made changes to their laws. It’s not all good news but 75% isn’t too bad!
In Texas, the State Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1325. The bill would allow hemp to be grown in the state and processed into finished goods, as well as allow the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). It does not however allow for smokable hemp processing or sale in the state of Texas. The U.S. farm bill signed by President Trump in December made hemp federally legal, but lawmakers in their respective states still must legalize it individually. Final approval is expected on May 22nd making Texas the 44th state to legalize cultivation.
The California Assembly’s Appropriations Committee passes Assembly Bill 228 which allows for the sale of products that contain CBD such as foods, supplements, and cosmetic products. The new law ends the current ban effective under federal law. It’s a big win considering that although hemp has been removed from the controlled substances list, ingestibles and topicals made with cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp are still prohibited federally. The bill was unanimously approved in a 20-0 vote and states the conclusion that CBD is safe for human and animal consumption.
Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina signed House Bill 3449 expanding their already existing program. Previously 40 applicants were given licenses to cultivate hemp on up to 40 acres. The new law increases not only the number of applicants allowed, but also the number of acres on which they can farm. Applicants who were not previously chosen for one of the available licenses may now reapply via an addendum. To qualify, they must pass a full state and federal background check as well as provide GPS coordinates for their farming operations. In addition to adding more applicants, the bill removes the condition that requires a partnership with a university for research purposes which was difficult to procure. Lastly, there is now clarification in regards to hemp related definitions. The new definition states that although legal to cultivate with all the proper credentials, raw hemp products may not be freely sold or possessed.
Georgia is standing with the FDA even though Governor Kemp Signed House Bill 213 making hemp farming legal and removing CBD from the controlled substance list. After the bill was signed, state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sent out a press release superseding the new law claiming Federal guidelines. What this means, is that CBD will not be permitted to be sold as a food additive or supplement. With the overwhelming support from hemp advocates, we’re confident that this is not the last word. We’ll be keeping our eyes on Georgia!