US (TN): Hemp farmers worry they'll have to destroy crops due to new rules

Due to new rules about chemicals in hemp plants, some Tennessee hemp farmers worry they'll have to destroy some of their crops. The rules mean any crop with a number higher than 0.3% of a number of different precursors for Delta-9 THC in their plants can't be sold.

Seth Fuller of Nashland Farms is in that situation right now. While he tried to grow crop with a high CBD content, it was difficult to keep some forms of THC low in the plant. The big problem he's run into is regulating a compound called THCa.

"The crop went from them being completely compliant, to some of being on the line of compliance to a couple of our varieties we've had to get retested in order to prove they are compliant," he said.

People with Tennessee Growers Coalition said many growers are encountering the issue. "A lot of successful growers are not growing this year because they are not growing what they have been able to grow in the past," said Kelley Hess, executive director of the group.

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