WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation that would change the legal definition of hemp, raising the limit of THC to 1% from 0.3%.
The Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act of 2020 also would mandate testing of the final hemp-derived product rather than the hemp flower or plant itself, require hemp shipments to contain a copy of the seed certificate showing the plant was grown from 1% THC seed and define a margin of error for testing THC levels.
Hemp farmers and processors in Kentucky are in favor of raising the THC limit; per current laws and regulations, the paper said, crops testing above 0.3% must be destroyed.
The bill has received support from activists and farmers in Kentucky and national groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Kentucky Hemp Association and Vote Hemp also expressed support for the legislation.