Texas House gives hemp legalization initial OK, boosting odds for commercial industry

A Texas proposal to open the nation’s second-largest state to the hemp farming boom could soon become a reality after House legislators gave the idea an important thumbs-up Tuesday.

The legislation positions Texas to join at least 42 other states with legal hemp production.

The measure passed without objection in a preliminary House vote, meaning it faces a formal House vote before heading to the Senate, where its prospects are less clear.

Things to know about the Texas hemp bill:

  • The measure would allow CBD to be added to foods, drugs and cosmetics, stating that cannabinoids from hemp are “not considered controlled substances or adulterants.”
  • Texas would ban drug felons from participating in the hemp industry for 10 years.
  • Texas retailers who have been bedeviled by product seizures would be protected, with the legislation noting that retailers selling CBD must be given “fair notice” of any CBD infractions before products may be seized.
  • Fees would be determined by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Texas House amended the hemp bill Tuesday to remove provisions allowing hemp to go in animal feed.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said last year that hemp could prove profitable for the state’s farmers.

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One comment on “Texas House gives hemp legalization initial OK, boosting odds for commercial industry
  1. Ray on

    “Texas would ban drug felons from participating in the hemp industry for 10 years.” – Then they should also ban alcoholics, rapists, tobacco users, circus clowns, ex-senators, Canadians, people with DWI’s, tax evaders, pharmaceutical company representatives and murders as well. Hemp is not a drug … SMH, these laws are being written to exclude a very specific population group from this industry and no one is calling these law makers out. America will need everyone they can get in this industry very soon, and putting these past felons back to work gets them off welfare and on the taxpaying payroll, excluding anyone at this point is shortsighted. These types of skewed laws do not stimulate job creation.

    “The Texas House amended the hemp bill Tuesday to remove provisions allowing hemp to go in animal feed.” – Who writes this stuff the corn industry lobby?

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