Hemp holdout Texas is taking a big step toward embracing the federally legal plant, with one agency announcing a rule change to remove the plant from the state’s definition of marijuana.
But entrepreneurs hoping that Texas will allow a hemp industry before federal agencies take action say that the April 5 change isn’t enough to allow the booming industry to take root in the nation’s second-largest state.
The change was quietly announced earlier this month, when the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) added a notice to a state register that it would amend its definition of marijuana to carve out hemp with no more than 0.3% THC.
The agency said the change would align Texas’ definitions with the new federal standard adopted in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Hemp activists applauded the change, noting that the agency changing its definition was the same one that said last year it would yank CBD products off shelves.
That crackdown was put on hold pending a legal review.