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Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation legalizing hemp production and hemp-derived CBD products. But it could be awhile before there are fields of hemp across the Texas landscape.


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A record number of marijuana-related bills — 63 — were filed this legislative session. But only two bills made it across the finish line: the regulation of industrial hemp and the expansion of the state’s Compassionate Use Program.

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Texas lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an effort to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp in the state.

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The non-psychoactive component of marijuana is the latest craze in alternative medicine. Even Walgreens and CVS plan to sell CBD products. But there's one group that has yet to cash in on the CBD fever: Texas farmers.

Should Growing Hemp Be Legal? Sid Miller Says 'Yes.'

Dec 10, 2018

From Texas Standard:

When it comes to crops, Texas has one of the most diverse portfolios around. But here's one commodity you won't find: industrial hemp. The square cousin of marijuana has no psychoactive properties, but it does have a whole range of practical applications for things like textiles, food and fiber. The problem is that in most places, it's illegal to cultivate it. But a bill currently being considered by Congress could change that, and it has the support of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

THC, the chemical that gets marijuana consumers high, is only present in minute amounts in hemp, Miller says.

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Congress to legalize industrial hemp.

 

The effort is one of the many provisions contained within the U.S. Farm Bill, and Miller believes it could greatly benefit Texas farmers.

 

 


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The Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock received updates on the lingering agricultural and ecological impact of Hurricane Harvey, and heard about possible changes to the Texas agricultural industry.