As Texas moves forward on legalizing the growth of low THC Hemp rules will have to be put in place to regulate the production. On Thursday the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) held an open hearing to get a feel for what issues might come up.
Prominently featured at the hearing were members of the ever-strengthening marijuana lobby. Many were there to argue on behalf of enhancing consumer protections. One of those was Jax Finkel, the Executive Director for the Foundation for an Informed Texas. “This is a large and growing industry and there’s been many producers that have been operating in the grey area of the law. So by creating some standards of practice we can bring everyone on the same page, so that ‘truth in labeling’ can be an imperative for consumers here in Texas.”
Earlier this year the Texas State Legislature passed legislation and Governor Abbott signed it into law allowing Texas farmers to legally grow industrial hemp and produce various low-THC CBD-related products. The DSHS will eventually draft potential rules for the regulation of the growing and production of industrial hemp and the consumables that come from it. The Department is currently waiting for federal regulations from the US Department of Agriculture.
Heather Fazio, the executive director of Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy, is also calling for sensible regulations that protect Texans without making it difficult for small businesses to survive. She’s thankful that DSHS is listening to Texans. “I’m glad to see that the Department of State Health Services is already moving forward with taking public comment and looking into how they’re going to regulate consumable hemp products, like the CBD oils we see on the shelves across the state.”