US: New congressional bill means hemp could have more THC

A new congressional bill seeks to build upon the federal legalization of hemp by providing cannabis businesses with additional flexibility that’s been sought after by industry stakeholders, as well as removing a controversial ban on market participation by people with prior drug convictions.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) filed the Hemp Advancement Act. The legislation would provide several critical reforms, including by increasing the legal THC threshold for hemp products from the current 0.3 percent to 1 percent on a dry weight basis.

It could additionally, however, upend the growing market for delta-8 THC products by officially counting the isomer in allowable THC amounts.

Businesses previously raised concerns about the THC threshold prescribed under existing federal statute because the process of hemp extraction can temporarily raise the THC content in a crop in a way that could make them liable for enforcement action. Under Pingree’s bill, in-process hemp would not be subject to any THC limits as long as the final product doesn’t exceed one percent.

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