0.3 percent of what? Pay attention to changes in the new state hemp production plan

University of Kentucky Hemp trial. Image is by University of Kentucky

This is not a substitute for legal advice. 

            On July 6, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture released the proposed hemp plan, required under the 2018 Farm Bill to allow for more hemp production in the state.  The 2014 Farm Bill opened the door to limited hemp production, and several Maryland growers have been participating in the state’s pilot research program for the past two years.  With this move towards a hemp production plan, Maryland growers need to pay attention to the changes between the two programs.  One of the most significant changes will be the definition of what is considered hemp in the state. While the 2014 Farm Bill focused on hemp containing less than 0.3 percent of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry weight basis, the 2018 Farm Bill will look at a total concentration of THC of less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.  These regulations, once finalized, would take effect on November 1, 2020, and the state would move away from the pilot research program regulations.

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