What to know about the legalization of CBD products in Texas
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has signed a bill legalizing the production of cannabis-derived products in the state. It’s not as if hemp and hemp-derived products were that available in Texas prior to this. The bill just made it legal.
The bill launches a process for the creation of state regulations around the production and distribution of the products in the state. The bill also specifically clarifies that hemp products such as CBD oil are legal as far as they don’t contain more than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive compound that produces the intoxicating feeling craved by many users.
CBD (cannabidiol), a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant is said to be effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from anxiety to muscle pains. This is why we have a lot of CBD-infused products like the CBD oil in many dispensaries today.
Legalization of CBD products has not been quite explicit after the 2018 Farm Bill passed by the Congress, which legalized the farming of cannabis and hemp-derived products. While some states like Texas are yet to set their own laws on the legality of hemp products then.
Below is what you need know about the Texas hemp bill:
- The newly legalized hemp-derived CBD oil and the one available under the state’s marijuana program is almost the same.
Chronicle previously reported that the marijuana-derived CBD oil, which contains 0.5% THC and are offered to patients under the state’s Compassionate program is hardly different from the 0.3% CBD oil. The Texas medical marijuana program has previously been made available only to patients with intractable epilepsy and is one of the most restrictive in the nation. A bill passed this session will make the program allow for more ailments such as terminal cancer and autism.
- Buyers should be careful as regulations are still months away
The Department of Agriculture in the state has 90 days to put forward a plan to the secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for approval. This plan is likely to include things like making provisions for obtaining a hemp grower’s license from the state for intending hemp farmers, allowing for random testing and inspections of the crops by the department, guidelines for ensuring public safety, as well as packaging and labeling requirements.
According to experts, what this means is that buyers should be careful of where they get their CBD products until full regulation.
A test carried out on unregulated CBD products such as CBD oil has found that they don’t contain what the labeling claims. When some products were tested by the NBC station in Miami, it was discovered that 20 out of 35 products contained a lesser amount of CBD advertised on the label. Previously, the Houston police has reported finding illegal synthetic cannabinoids when testing CBD products.
- Marijuana usage is still illegal
Know that hemp and marijuana are two variations of the same plant, but hemp contains lesser THC than marijuana. So, if you’re rejoicing that you can now smoke pot freely, you need to tone it down, as this bill is only for hemp products and not marijuana.