Greg Abbott Signed House Bill 1325 - Everything You Need To Know
On June 10, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 1325 also called the “Hemp Bill”. The Hemp Bill legalizes hemp and hemp-derived products. This includes CBD products and allows hemp to be grown as a crop in Texas. The law goes into effect on September 1, 2019. When the 2018 Farm Bill was signed by the president it legalized hemp and hemp-derived products but Texas had not yet made their own laws legalizing hemp.
Now that the bill is signed, Texas Department of Agriculture must first create regulations on growing hemp and their products. This will include a license to grow hemp, inspection of crops, testing of crops and their hemp-derived products, and labeling requirements. Hemp products must still contain only 0.3% or less THC. This new bill’s hemp products are very similar to what is allowed under the Texas Compassionate Use Act. Marijuana is still illegal.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Hemp Industries Association are largely in support of the Hemp Bill. Gene Hill, director of communications, states “Hemp is a crop that should grow well in Texas and has multiple uses. It is already grown in more than 40 states. This will give Texas farmers and ranchers another crop option. This is especially important now, with a struggling farm economy.”
The agriculture community will greatly benefit from the passage and signing of this bill and this is a huge step for Texas. Hemp’s regulation will generate better and safer products for everyone and the diversification of products will enhance the economy as well.