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March 26, 2020Published Article

Texas Hemp Under the TDA and DSHS

Texas Lawyer

Texas is expected to have thousands of persons apply to grow hemp in 2020, sowing the seeds of a crop that could create growth in industries such as agriculture, food and beverage, textiles, and construction.

Texas is on the brink of producing hemp for the first time since the middle of the 20th century. On March 16, after about one year of regulatory and legislative tinkering, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) released applications to the public to obtain a license to cultivate hemp. While TDA has not yet released the numbers of license applicants, Texas is expected to have thousands of persons apply to grow hemp in 2020, sowing the seeds of a crop that could create growth in industries such as agriculture, food and beverage, textiles, and construction. Because hemp has many uses, the current hemp regulatory program in Texas spans across both TDA as well as the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Generally, TDA regulates the cultivation and processing of hemp, while DSHA regulates consumable hemp products such as cannabidiol (CBD).

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