On December 15, Republican US Senator from Kentucky, Dr. Rand Paul introduced a bill called the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act of 2020. The bill is another continuation of Paul’s work advocating for Industrial Hemp, and Hemp farmers in his state of Kentucky.
Hemp was legalized at the federal level just two years ago, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, but since then the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been in charge of regulations.
It is these regulations and limitations that have many in the hemp farming and industrial hemp industries concerned. The HEMP Act of 2020 would increase the limit of THC legally allowed in hemp from its current 0.03 percent to one percent.
In terms of possible problems with testing, the bill would also allow hemp processors to have a 15 day time frame to test their crop’s THC concentration.
The new legislation would also allow final hemp products themselves to be tested, rather than how it is done now where the raw flower of the plant is tested.
Dr. Paul’s legislation would also make it possible for a “seed certificate” to be created for the legal transport of hemp and hemp products to avoid seizure from law enforcement.
“For years, I have led the fight in Washington to restore one of Kentucky’s most historically viable crops by legalizing industrial hemp,” Dr. Paul said in a released statement. “But there is still work to be done 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 that it has strong support all the way from local Kentucky farmers and activists to national groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation.”
“We are so excited to hear about Senator Paul’s HEMP Act, which will help farmers, processors and retailers in our young hemp industry,” said Tate Hall, President of the Kentucky Hemp Association.”
For more information on the HEMP 2020 Act, please see this one page info sheet.
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