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Bipartisan Senators File Marijuana Bill To Ease Restrictions On Industrial Hemp Farmers!

A Plan to Loosen Laws on Farmers Who Cultivate Industrial Hemp for Non-Extraction Uses Has Been Introduced by A Bipartisan Pair of U.S. Senators.

The Industrial Hemp Act, the most recent piece of congressional legislation focusing on the crop, which was made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill, was presented on Thursday by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Braun (R-IN).

Currently, hemp and products derived from it like CBD that has a THC content of less than 0.3 percent by dry weight are not considered to be restricted substances, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of regulatory oversight (USDA). The new measure aims to draw a line between hemp farmed for industrial purposes, such as fiber, and hemp grown for any reason, which would include crops planted to extract cannabinoids like CBD.

Farmers that grow industrial hemp would no longer need to pass stringent testing and sampling criteria, and background checks would no longer be required in order for them to participate in the market.

Instead, they would only need to pass a yearly visual inspection to show that they are cultivating the crop for use that falls under the new definition of industrial hemp. If they didn’t pass the initial visual inspection, they would next have to present evidence of a specific intention and in-field procedures that were in line with the classification of industrial hemp. Regulators wouldn’t be allowed to physically test collected plant material until after they declined to do so.

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Bipartisan Senators File Marijuana Bill To Ease Restrictions On Industrial Hemp Farmers!

In a press statement, Testers stated that Montana farmers don’t need government officials adding needless restrictions to their business operations. It’s time to reduce red tape so that industrial hemp producers may sell their products more easily. My bill is nonpartisan and builds on Montana’s pioneering hemp legislation by giving rural Americans access to well-paying jobs.

Braun said that it’s critical to remove unnecessary rules and red tape in order to position American farmers for success.

According to the senator, this proposal will increase opportunities for industrial hemp farmers in Indiana and around the nation and give them access to one of the fastest-growing agricultural industries.

Additionally, the bill precludes states and tribal governments from imposing rules on industrial hemp growers that are stricter than those listed in the legislation. Furthermore, it states that for a period of five years, anyone who intentionally produces hemp crops that are not in accordance with their classification is prohibited to work in the legal hemp sector.

The introduction of this bill coincides with the intensifying debate over the upcoming Farm Bill, in which lawmakers are likely to try to incorporate provisions that would further reduce restrictions on the hemp market. To date in this Congress, stakeholders have supported a number of independent bills that deal with the problem.

For instance, a group of House representatives this month presented a bill that aims to abolish what they claim is a discriminatory government policy that prohibits persons with prior felony drug convictions from owning or operating legal hemp enterprises.

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Bipartisan Senators File Marijuana Bill To Ease Restrictions On Industrial Hemp Farmers!

Another pair of senators from both parties recently reintroduced legislation that would pave the way for the regulation of hemp derivatives like CBD as dietary supplements and flavorings for food and drink.

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Despite repeated requests for administrative action from lawmakers, advocates, and stakeholders, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in January that it would not be creating rules to allow the marketing of CBD as dietary supplements or food items. This left the enormous industry without regulations.

After carefully examining the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, the FDA claimed it came to the conclusion that CBD will not be regulated along the same lines as other dietary supplements and food additives. The agency stated that it would like to collaborate with Lawmakers to find a new course of action.

Days before to the FDA’s decision, the agency released revised guidance on cannabis-based medicine development that described the procedure and particular factors that scientists should take into account when working with hemp and marijuana.

In the meantime, the FDA has yet to develop standards for hemp-derived products like CBD, according to House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), who stated in January that he was preparing to challenge the agency.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf last year, Representatives Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) demanded answers about the ongoing lack of rules for CBD used for commercial purposes.

The FDA’s Califf acknowledged that the agency had moved slowly with the rulemaking for CBD in the food supply at a hearing held by the House Appropriations subcommittee last year. Califf stated that the situation looks pretty much the same in terms of where we are now as compared to when he first worked on the issue in 2016.

He claimed that the FDA has taken steps to investigate the cannabinoids’ safety profile in order to inform future regulations, but he deflected criticism of the agency’s inaction to Congress, claiming that he doesn’t believe the current authorities we have on the food or drug fronts necessarily provide us with what we need to move forward in the right direction.

We’ll need to think of something fresh, Califf remarked. I’m determined to accomplish that.

Also, FDA recently bragged about how it assisted a state agency in shutting down a business selling delta-8 THC candies they said were connected to severe adverse effects.

Five businesses that offer CBD-containing meals and beverages received warning letters from the government in November.

The agency didn’t explain why it singled out those five businesses out of the many others that sell comparable cannabidiol-infused products, but it claimed that they sell items that consumers might mistake for conventional foods or drinks, which could lead to unintentional or excessive CBD consumption.

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