USDA and DEA Ease the Restrictions on ‘Hot’ Hemp

Products that contain cannabidiol (CBD) have reached yet another milestone in the way of testing requirements for hemp.  Hemp farmers will, for now, not be required to get their crop tested at a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratory.  

CBD comes from the hemp plant and there is currently a version of the hemp plant that looks, smells, tastes, and smokes just like cannabis flower. This version of the plant is called Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Flower. 

There are only two main differences PCR Hemp and cannabis: hemp contains less than .3% THC (the component in cannabis that gets you high and hemp is legal in all 50 states. Hemp and cannabis are almost indistinguishable from one another, the only way to tell the difference is to test the cannabinoid levels.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the DEA have come together and decided to delay the requirements that all THC testing on Hemp crops must be performed at DEA registered laboratories.

The undersecretary for the USDA, Greg Ibach,  told members at a meeting for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in Arlington, Virginia, that the USDA and DEA have come together and agreed to remove the requirement for hemp farmers to have their crop tested at these labs.

“We were able to reach an agreement (with DEA) that we are going to be able to provide some relief from the laboratory certification process for this crop year,” Ibach said.

“DEA will still expect states to work with their laboratories to try to achieve certification for the 2021 crop year,” he added.

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