Texas hemp groups challenge state’s proposed smokable hemp ban

Texas hemp farmers and businesses are fighting back against the state’s proposed ban on growing and selling smokable hemp.

The Texas Hemp Industries Association is asking the Texas Department of State Health Services to change a proposed rule that would prohibit smokable hemp sales, saying it goes beyond state and federal statutes, is an unfunded mandate and is unenforceable.

While the state does allow for smokable hemp consumption, the DSHS proposed rules prohibit the retail sale and source of production, which Al Crisp, owner of Punkin Center Gin in Lamesa, Texas, who serves as the TXHIA vice president, calls discriminatory against Texas hemp producers and retailers.

“With depressed agricultural markets, it is vital for Texas agencies to provide rules that promote every economic opportunity for our farmers and retailers to compete with out-of-state online vendors providing these beneficial hemp products to consumers,” Crisp said in a TXHIA press release.

TXHIA President Coleman Hemphill said although many of the DSHS proposed rules are positive for getting the new Texas hemp industry started, moving forward with prohibition of smokable hemp sales presents “constitutional and statutory violations.”

The deadline for public comments to DSHS was Monday, and it is expected that final rules will take effect in July, with the earliest possible date of adoption being early June, according to Texas NORML.

7 comments on “Texas hemp groups challenge state’s proposed smokable hemp ban
  1. Ray on

    So much for Texas tough, going to let law makers tell them what to smoke? Next they will be turning in their guns.

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  2. S.R. Smith on

    Show me a politician who is in favor of letting hemp and weed smokers do their thing and I’ll show you a politician that Big Pharma doesn’t own.

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    • Anthony Villareal on

      CBD American Shaman in my city of Beaumont, Texas said that The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with its ban on smokable hemp and CBD vaping cartridges. It sucks! The ban will go in effect August 2nd.

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  3. UMPA LUMPA on

    I BET POLITICIANS ARE BEING PAID TO ADOPT THIS LAW WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE PEOPLE PROPOSING THIS LAW AND BRING THEM OUT IN THE OPEN. ALSO KICK THEM OUT OF OFFICE THIS ELECTION YEAR.
    TEXAS DON’T WANT CASINOS WHY BECAUSE POLITICIANS GET PAID MILLIONS FROM LOUISIANA AND OKLAHOMA SO ALL THE TEXAS MONEY GOES TO THOSE STATES . TEXAS HAS SOME FUCKING DUMB POLITICIANS WE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM . MOST OF THESE OLD FARTS NEED TO BE OUT OF OFFICE ANY WAY.
    MOST JUDGES NEED TO BE OUT OF OFFICE TOO. WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN AUSTIN AND NEW BLOOD WHO THINKS FOR THE PEOPLE NOT TAKING BRIBES TO PASS LAWS.

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