Hemp in the 2023 Farm Bill

In the 2023 Farm Bill, besides addressing hemp cannabinoids and the “Value The Seed” proposal, I suggest the following.

The first uses the UN’s definition of hemp, and is practical because the high CBD content makes the THC not be a diversion threat, and allows true testing of delta-9 THC content as Congress intended. The second protects ‘noids from FDA’s stunning continued mismanagment. GRAS, NDI filing, and Exclusionary Rule won’t apply:

Definition. Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802), as amended, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(57) The term ‘Hemp’ means the plant Cannabis and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a cannabidiol-to-tetrahydrocannabinol ratio of one-to-one or more, or one-percent or less delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol as tested by a non-decarboxylation method such as HPLC, or other similarly-reliable procedure.”

(a) Non-Applicability of Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) shall not apply to Hemp or chemicals derived from Hemp as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802) as amended by this Act.

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