An article in the Herald (“Hemp farmers concerned THC rules lead to crop destruction,” Aug. 18) covered a meeting hosted by CHAMPS (pseudo-business and government entity) formed to advance the success of those engaged in Colorado hemp cultivation, processing and sale.
State and federal regulatory bodies have not established reasonable and consistent THC levels.
In Colorado it’s 0.3% for Delta-9 THC (the part of plant that gets you high).
There’s no uniformity in plant/crop tested, when or how. The type of test can produce false elevated results.
Perhaps an independent (apolitical) Colorado university can establish consistent testing parameters.
Let’s examine the laws after alcohol prohibition. They didn’t restrict the alcohol level content. Rather, the burden was on the consumer.
In Texas, if law enforcement cannot differentiate between marijuana and hemp, then a stop for reasonable cause is out.
There’s no need of destroying “hot” plant (exceeds 0.3% THC) harvests – alternative uses are available and viable. Elevated THC can be reduced or eliminated.
Interestingly, our state laws require 0% THC for the sale of hemp extract/CBD in liquor stores!
Hemp/CBD products cannot be sold in Colorado licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet they can be sold in recreational MJ dispensaries.
Yet the reason for medicinal hemp becoming so prolific is it offers a promising alternative gateway for assisting those where traditional therapies are less successful and for patients not wanting to get high or addicted.
This is consistent with the wellness advocated by medicinal hemp growers.
Perhaps the real concern should be plant toxicity from heavy metals.
Carl Lloyd Sheeler