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March 6, 2020

TDA Adopts Revised Rules for Texas Hemp Program

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has adopted revised rules for the Texas Hemp Program. TDA has included their summary of public comment with the agency’s responses expounding on their reasoning as to why comments were addressed with a change, clarified or maintained. These revised rules will go into effect on March 11th. It is anticipated that online licensing applications for farmers will be available shortly afterwards, with some reporting the start date as March 16th. Read the full summary and updated rules here. Reminder: Join two preeminent doctors in cannabis research for a discussion about medical cannabis, their research findings and upcoming research projects. After the presentation, there will be a significant amount of time for a Q&A session for attendees to participate in. Tickets […]
February 27, 2020

USDA removes DEA Testing and Disposal Requirement for Hemp Farmers

At a National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting in Arlington, Virginia, Greg Ibach (Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)) told members that USDA and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have reached an agreement to remove the requirement for hemp farmers to have their crops tested in DEA-registered laboratories for one year. The DEA requirement was included in the interim final rule for domestic hemp production, released Oct. 31. (Watch his statement.) There are 47 laboratories currently registered with the DEA. Many states do not have a registered laboratory, therefore requiring state, tribal and federal law enforcement agents responsible for testing hemp crops to send samples out of state within a tight, 15-day testing window. William Richmond, director of the USDA’s Domestic Hemp Production program, told farmers at […]
February 27, 2020

DPS Announces THC Methodology for Marijuana Testing

In an update, Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw has announced that in March the department will use their new testing method to start testing felony cannabis flower possession charges going back back to June 10, 2019. There are 845 cases that fall into this category. They will not be accepting misdemeanor cases, likely because of the high volume of arrest (over 80,000 a year). Nor will they be testing felony concentrate materials at this time. This leaves agencies in many areas to use costly private labs or forego pursuing cannabis cases.  Read the letter. Please donate to support our important educational work.
February 24, 2020

Texas Hemp Update with Lisa Pittman, Esq

For the Informed Texas Veteran Seminar in Haltom City, Lisa L. Pittman, Esq (Member of Texas Hemp Advisory Council) recorded an update on the Texas Hemp Program’s regulations, fee structures, when you will interact with DPS and when licensing for farmers will likely begin.   Or watch HERE.
February 9, 2020

Results: Survey of Regional Advocacy Workshop Attendees

During our recent 10 city workshop tour, we asked the attendees to fill out a survey to provide feedback on the impact of the event for them. They filled out a questionnaire at the beginning and end of the workshop, rating on a scale of 1 to 5, their understanding on a variety of topics as well as offering feedback on what they enjoyed and how we can improve for the future. Please donate to support our educational work! Here are the results of the survey: Well over three hundred Texans attended our workshops in 10 cities. Here is how the attendance broke down.  This was the sixth workshop tour we have hosted. We wanted to understand how many new people we were reaching. Our survey […]