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Hemp advocates outline concerns for farmers and consumers

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Some officials doubt the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act will make it through Congress. Jonathan Miller is general counsel at the U.S. Hemp Round table and the industry’s leading advocate before Congress.

In an interview with WEKU’s Eastern Standard, Miller said while there is strong public support of the omnibus cannabis legislation, he doesn’t see it passing the Senate. Miller said part of the reason for that is a concern for hemp farmers.

“It would define hemp products, not at what its current level, which is .3% to Delta 9 THC, but would go down to .0001 total THC, which would ultimately eliminate pretty much all hemp products from the retail market,” said Miller.

Miller said that means those hemp and non-intoxicating CBD products could only be sold in dispensaries that sell marijuana.

Miller added that his group is advocating raising the limit of THC in hemp to one percent, allowing farmers to keep hemp that would otherwise have to be destroyed.

Miller said his group is also encouraging farmers to buy certified seed.

“We're working on legislation where if you if you purchase certified seed you don't need to go through the whole testing rigmarole and fingerprinting and all the other stuff that's required for growing hemp. And so stay tuned,” said Miller.

Miller said the Value the Seed Program will be introduced and hopefully become part of the 2023 Farm Bill.

The legality of Delta 8 THC, cousin to the intoxicating Delta 9 THC found in marijuana, is also under scrutiny.

In August, a Boone County Court issued a permanent injunction against Kentucky State Police pursuing criminal action against any product with less than .3 percent Delta 9 THC.

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Samantha is WEKU's All Things Considered Host and also reports on news of interest in the commonwealth. Sam is a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station WMKY.
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