New Senate bill attempts to increase THC limit for hemp

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Senator Paul Rand is continuing his pro-cannabis efforts on Capitol Hill

Senator Rand Paul is seeking, through a bill, to triple the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cultivation. The legislation is titled the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act and it comes days after US Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules for hemp went into effect.

In the last session of Congress, Senator Paul tried to sponsor a similar measure, but it did not receive sufficient attention. In conjunction with these proposals, he also touched on a number of important issues regarding various concerns that the industry currently has regarding federal regulations. The senator believes that there are still several provisions that are considered unnecessarily restrictive, and in order to give them the required attention, some were addressed in his bill.

At the moment, many companies related to the cannabis industry feel great appreciation for the USD’s work, with respect to developing rules for the market since hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, the companies are not satisfied with the federally permitted THC level, which is currently up to 0.3%, and for these companies, that is too low. The bill introduced by the Senator last Thursday seeks to be able to raise that threshold to one percent.

In a press release, Paul said, “For years, I’ve led the fight in Washington to restore one of Kentucky’s most historically vital crops by legalizing industrial hemp. We achieved a hard-won victory, but there is still work to do to prevent the federal government from weighing down our farmers with unnecessary bureaucratic micromanaging. My legislation will help this growing industry reach its full economic potential, and I am proud the bill has strong support all the way from local Kentucky farmers and activists to national groups.”