Next Farm Bill should include high-THC cannabis, House leader says

The next Farm Bill should include high-THC marijuana, not just low-THC hemp, according to the highest-ranking agriculture official in the U.S. House.

Rep. David Scott of Georgia, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, made the comment last week after seeing the testimony of the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Amber Littlejohn in another committee.

“Here we are, the fastest growing agricultural product, between hemp and cannabis,” the Democrat said in comments reported by Roll Call.

“We’re also going into our Farm Bill. We’ve got to address this issue. We can no longer hide it.”

Littlejohn told lawmakers Thursday that small and minority-owned marijuana companies likely won’t survive without some help from Congress.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabis cultivation nationwide, but only for cannabis plants below 0.3% THC. Many advocates in the hemp and marijuana industries argue that cannabis should be legal regardless of THC content.