With the passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, Congress made clear that hemp and hemp-derived products, such as cannabidiol (CBD), are not considered controlled substances. Congress lifted all restrictions on industrial hemp cultivation and product sales.
Idaho Farmer’s, merchants and Idaho as a whole needs and deserves to benefit from the soon to be trillion dollar American hemp industry. This industry will not wait for any State to catch up. It is a burgeoning industry that is going to flourish and grow exponentially regardless of who stands fast with out dated laws. It's time Idaho benefits with the rest of the nation by passing HB122.
- Hemp is not marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD is neither "medical" nor "marijuana." While both hemp and marijuana are members of the cannabis family, they are uniquely distinctive plants, much like lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits.
Hemp products do not produce a psychoactive "high." By scientific and legal definition, hemp is an agricultural commodity that contains less than 0.3% of the intoxicant THC,
Last year, both the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization recommended that CBD not be controlled as a drug because it has been proven by scientific study as safe and non-addictive.
One very important and completely overlooked fact is, all ingestible hemp food products contain trace amounts of THC. This is very clearly defined in the case of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) VS the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), where the DEA attempted to ban all ingestible hemp products in the United States due to the trace amounts of THC found in all hemp products. The HIA won this case in the 9th Circuit Court which has been upheld in subsequent cases. All of the big chain giants, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, as well as many small retailers throughout Idaho sell ingestible hemp products that in fact, contain trace amounts of TCH. Although Idaho’s forensic labs don’t have the capability to detect these very low amounts of THC, there are high tech labs that have the capability of testing products which contain levels of THC down to 4 parts per million or 0.0004%, and if the hemp products sold in Idaho are tested by one of these high tech facilities they will indeed produce positive results for THC.
We respectfully ask for your support in aligning our state law with new federal law by supporting HB122. Further, we ask that now as you understand hemp products are absolutely different than marijuana products that you embrace the hemp industry in Idaho and help our great State benefit from this extremely lucrative industry.
This article was contributed by Dennis Hansen