Lobbyists for the hemp industry in New York say new rules released by state regulators for how to bring CBD products to market, favor big corporations over small farmers.
CBD is a chemical found in cannabis. CBD products are required to have less than 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.
Allan Gandelman is with New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association. He said he wants the state to allow farmers to sell smokable hemp flowers, much like pot, but kept below the THC limit.
“Smoking anything isn’t the best for you. However, there is a huge market of people already smoking cigarettes, vaping, and smoking cannabis flower that they're buying on the black market. You can keep it illegal, but people are still going to do it and then they're getting products that are not safe,” Gandelman said.
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