November 2019: Some Clarity on the Total-THC Rule
When the news dropped about the Total-THC Rule on October 29, I spent the week interviewing Industry Leaders about this topic and gaining clarity on what this means for our industry. As the "doom-and-gloom" reactions are a dime a dozen right now, I will not repeat them but offer the proactive advice I gleaned from my talks. With emotions running high, it's easy to panic or despair. Instead, let's LISTEN to some words of reason - and then - let's UNITE TO TAKE ACTION! Statement from Matt Cyrus (Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association & Central Oregon Hemp Association): "There is a one-year transition period for Oregon to be in compliance. In the meantime, we will lobby to slow that down or reverse it. The public can get involved right now by joining our organization and supporting our lobbyist Courtney Moran in her direct efforts in Salem & Washington." THE WORLD IS RUN BY PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP & PARTICIPATE! Click here to join the OIHFA and become involved in the processes that affect your lives and livelihoods! Statement from Barry Epling (Hemp Inc): "Rules do not trump laws. Bureaucratic rules created by unelected officials cannot override laws like the 2018 Farm Bill, which was put into place by elected officials. The USDA is obligated to put the draft up to public comment. It's incumbent on each one of us to vigorously participate in the public comments and petitions. If we push back strongly enough, they'll back off." READY? READ UP & PUSH BACK! Click here to read up on the draft. Click here to leave your comment. The Public Comment period is open till December 30. Please encourage everyone you know to comment! Statement from Richard Rose (www.therichardrosereport.com) This is an overview of main points that we should be making in our comments. Please push for: - 1% total THC, or even better “CBD:THC ratio >1” like the UN. - Test the whole plant, not just top 2”. - Test within 60 days planting not 15 of harvesting. - Be only concerned with psychoactive compounds, like Delta9. - Define by end-use. - No regs on fiber. - No test if <2 acres. - Remediation allowed. - No mandatory certified seed, but provide a path to certifying new varieties. - No exorbitant fees. - Allow “felon rehabilitation” programs. - Encourage exports, crop and water programs, marketing programs. - Grant and research dollars. - FDA Grandfather. - Allow smokeable. If they get enough comments, they’ll have to listen. Years ago we changed the course of the USDA organic program, with 100,000 comments. We can do that here too."
I hope this information helps to calm, regain focus and get inspired to take action! Below is the petition circulating the internet along with updates to our Hemp University dates & program. Sophia Blanton
Director, Hemp University