Farm Bill amendment would ban all hemp-derived THC, close THCA ‘loophole’

Last week, U.S. Rep Mary Miller (R-IL), filed a proposed amendment to the draft Farm Bill, which currently proposes to redefine hemp. The amendment would “exclude” products with detectable amounts of THC as well as any cannabinoid “synthesized or manufactured outside of the plant”. That language would render most products containing delta-8THC and other cannabinoids illegal under federal law. 

“I am offering an amendment to close the loophole that legalized intoxicating hemp products like ‘Delta-8,’” Miller said. 

Miller’s amendment also would redefine “hemp” under federal law to mean a cannabis plant with 0.3% or less THC – including tetrahydracannabinolic acid, or THCA, the biosynthetic precursor to THC that becomes intoxicating THC when heated.

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