Hemp with 1% THC in the United States?
An opening towards a more diversified cannabinoid market thanks to the increase of the THC level in hemp?
Previously, a request to increase the maximum THC level in hemp was made by NASDA, a group of several departments specialized in the management of agricultural policies in the United States.
The current rate of 0.3% THC was approved in the 2018 Farm Bill for the legalization of hemp at the federal level.
Following a report on appropriations for funding for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some legislators questioned the 0.3% THC content of hemp. A request has been made to the USDA, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services for a change.
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A report explains that: "The Committee is concerned that the level of THC content allowed in hemp may be arbitrary and may place a burden on hemp growers that is not supported by science. A request was therefore made to the agencies "to study and report to Congress on whether there is a scientific basis for the current 0.3% THC limit in hemp and to suggest alternative levels if necessary."
An increase in the THC limit is planned to raise it to 1%, a proposal strongly supported by hemp supporters. This was part of the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan Act (HEMP) bill.
An increase in the THC content of hemp would allow producers and sellers to diversify by having the possibility to develop more varied cannabinoids according to their THC content. When crops are produced that exceed the legal THC level, they must be destroyed as they become unmarketable.
Thus, the United States would begin to follow the same model as Asia and Latin America, which have already exceeded the 0.3% limit, as has Minnesota, which recently made the decision.