Oregon senators push back on USDA’s guidelines for testing THC in hemp

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The federal program to test hemp for THC will harm the market, according to two Oregon senators who are pushing back on rules from the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA).

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, each Democrats, say the USDA hemp production guidelines lay out THC testing specifications with “potentially damaging effects” for the new hemp market.

The senators recommended 5 adjustments to the guidelines:

  • Expanding the testing window from 15 days just before harvest to 28 days just before harvest.
  • Permitting labs that are not registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to test hemp.
  • Eliminating the requirement that THC testing be accomplished soon after decarboxylation, saying there are “similarly dependable methods” that are friendlier to the producer.
  • Requiring hemp samples to come from the best eight inches of the plant rather of the best third.
  • Raising the THC level at which farmers can held negligent from .five% to 1%.

The senators say the .five% THC limit for negligence is “far also low” for farmers functioning with untested genetics. Their letter, initially reported by Marijuana Moment, echoes issues currently raised by market entrepreneurs.

The USDA has stated it is open to altering the hemp guidelines but has offered no deadline for carrying out so. The public can comment on the guidelines till Dec. 31.

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