South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill To Increase Hemp THC Limits During Processing!

South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill To Increase Hemp THC Limits During Processing!

The Successful Hemp Program We Have Would Be Hampered and The Enforcement of Our Drug Laws Would Be Compromised by Raising the Thc Level to 5%.

From South Dakota Searchlight’s Makenzie Huber

A Law That Would Have Increased the Maximum Amount of Thc Industrial Hemp Processors Could Use in Their Products Was Rejected by The Republican Governor Kristi Noem on Thursday.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, Also Known as Thc, Is a Chemical Found in Cannabis Plants That, when Present in High Enough Concentrations, Causes a High. Contrary to Marijuana, Hemp Contains Little Thc. Many Things Can Be Made from Hemp Plants.

Noem claimed that the bill will interfere with federal law, endangering the efficacy and security of the state’s industrial hemp economy while also permitting marijuana items to be classified as hemp products.

On Monday, lawmakers will travel back to Pierre to discuss Noem’s vetoes, including the one on hemp. To override a veto, two-thirds of the vote are required. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives 44–26 and the Senate 18–16 earlier this winter.

A hemp product that is currently being produced may contain up to 1 percent THC, which is higher than the 0.3 percent nationally recognized maximum. Hemp that is being moved about while being processed is included in the definition of the product in the process.

The cap would be raised to 5% under the law.

Noem made reference to the unsuccessful 2022 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in his address, saying that if he permitted the bill to become law, it would violate the plainly expressed will of the people. The successful hemp program we have would be hampered and the enforcement of our drug laws would be compromised by raising the THC level to 5%.

Noem asserted that the modification would raise the THC content of field crops.

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South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill To Increase Hemp THC Limits During Processing!

That is a complete untruth. Rep. Oren Lesmeister, D-Parade, the bill’s main sponsor in the House, denied that to be the case. We only permit it to be higher than 0.3 percent between processors. Crops, biomass, and finished goods are all still below the 0.3 percent threshold.

According to Lesmeister, the transitory rise in THC levels is related to the manufacture of goods produced from cannabis. The THC content in hemp plants in the field is less than 0.3 percent, but when processors extract the oils and CBD for use in goods like lip balms, oils, and lotions, the THC content is concentrated.

According to Lesmeister, the greater THC concentrations are essentially inevitable throughout the manufacture of consumer hemp products. According to Lesmeister, there is no federal regulation of processors, and other states that have hemp processors ignore processing-related concentrations exceeding 0.3 percent. If South Dakota approved the 5 percent cap, it would join two other states—Colorado and New York.

Lesmeister does not currently grow hemp but intends to in the future. He has presented the bill twice, most recently in the 2023 legislative session.

When the hemp program first began, the 1% mark represented a compromise, according to Lesmeister. But until THC levels are once again decreased once processing is complete, processors typically approach 1 percent THC. Lesmeister claimed that lowering the threshold to 5 percent would guarantee that processors are lawfully producing and that this veto might kill the sector.

According to Lesmeister, we would adore it if our hemp products had no THC at all. It causes us a lot of agony. THC is not what we desire. All we need is oil, isolates, and CBD. Yet, the oil gets concentrated when it is extracted, which increases the THC content.

According to reports quoting the South Dakota Industrial Hemp Association, South Dakota has the second-most industrial hemp acres in the country in 2022, behind Montana. State-wide harvested yields rose from 1,674 acres in 2021 to 2,540 acres in 2022, a 35 percent increase.

Those who are being processed in the state don’t want to do anything wrong, according to Lesmeister. Crop insurance is not yet available for it. Unlike all the other crops, there are no safety netting.


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