THE USDA HAS JUST RELEASED ITS DRAFT OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP REGULATION AND IN MY OPINION IT IS A NIGHTMARE.
I’ll include the text of my comment so you guys can get an idea of the points that many people in the industry disagree with. We need every hemp farmer and hemp supporter to comment on this. They want to marginalize and victimize the very people who founded this industry. We truly believe in the medicinal value of cannabis and many of us have served time in a penitentiary because of those beliefs. Why is it okay for big industry to suddenly come and take over and leave everyone who founded this industry in the dust?
Below is the comment I have made on the Domestic Hemp Production Program. Follow this [LINK] to read more on the program, comment, and share your opinion.
“Many of the suggested regulations are absolutely ludicrous. First of all, this new emerging commodity crop was supposed to open the door to people marginalized by the war on cannabis. Now you want to institute a background check to grow a commodity crop? Are you going to start requiring background checks for cotton, corn, and tobacco farmers as well? The testing requirements are also very unclear. What is an acceptable testing tolerance? It is not defined. What about the lack of DEA/USDA certified testing facilities combined with the 15 day testing window? How will you be able to test hundreds of thousands of farmers crops, across millions of acres, with no testing facilities? Also there isn't a single mention about processors or testing regulations for extracts. What about the 0.3 percent THC limit? We should use a CBD:THC ratio like the United Nations does. Also, regulations for removal and remediation of THC from CBD extracts should be put in place, sensible regulation. It is completely possible to remove all THC and discard it as a byproduct. If you do decide to institute background checks there should at least have some type of "Felon Rehabilitation" program whereby people with felonies can take some classes and maybe do community service, but in all reality there shouldn't be a background check to grow a plant. You guys are marginalizing and victimizing the people who made this very industry possible. We need to look to other countries with booming hemp industries and follow their lead, not make the hemp industry big tobacco #2. Please USDA I am begging you, as many of my fellow Americans are, to use some common sense, and keep this industry accessible to the common person. End the stigma surrounding hemp.”
PLEASE comment openly and honestly, but also in a professional manner, so that we can have our voices heard. Together we stand, divided we fall.