Michael Best Attorney Cameron Field was quoted in The Denver Post's article "Hemp industry in Colorado and U.S. sees twists, turns on road to establishing new regulatory system" on November 16, 2019.
A new federal rule designed to build a regulatory framework for the surging hemp and CBD market is a critical step forward, industry representatives say, but some of their descriptions of the details range from concerning to “unworkable.”
At the end of October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an interim rule laying out a series of regulations for producing hemp. The 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp, which is in the cannabis family but has minute amounts of the high-inducing chemical, THC, found in marijuana.
A big concern is the rule’s timeline for farmers getting their plants tested to make sure they don’t exceed the maximum allowed level of THC — tetrahydrocannabinol. If the level exceeds 0.3% the plants have to be disposed of under Drug Enforcement Administration regulations because the hemp would be considered a controlled substance.
The 15-day turnaround time doesn’t take into consideration the growth that hemp operations are expected to experience, said Cameron Field, an attorney in the Austin, Texas, office of the Michael Best law firm.
“I think the 15-day (timeline) kind of views the industry in the instant boutique stage that it is currently in and is being a little blind to the very clear realities that this is about to become a very large industrialized business,” Field said, “especially if the fiber and food aspects of this crop grow.”
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