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US (CT): Hemp program is set to expand after new bill is signed

Connecticut took a major step toward expanding industrial hemp production this week by aligning the state’s pilot program with federal requirements.

At a refurbished tobacco factory in Suffield, Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill that keeps Connecticut hemp businesses, which produce CBD (cannabidiol) and other products, in line with U.S. Department of Agriculture standards.

“CBD is remarkable for the variety of different uses it has," Gov. Ned Lamont said at a bill signing at Lasa Extract LLC on Tuesday. "[Wife] Annie Lamont the other night was rubbing it on her feet to help her get to sleep... We’re just beginning to see what the different properties are for CBD going forward.”

Hemp is legally defined as any part of the plant Cannabis sativa L., including seeds, extracts and derivatives, with a concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) of 0.3 percent or less on a dry weight basis. It is not a controlled substance.


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