House Agriculture Committee Approves Amendment to Farm Bill Banning Intoxicating Hemp-Derived Products

The House Agriculture Committee took a significant step towards closing a loophole in the Farm Bill that allows the sale of dangerous intoxicating hemp-derived products. Under current legislation, hemp is defined as products that can contain up to 0.3 percent delta-9 THC, but the law does not address other cannabinoids derived from hemp. This oversight has allowed the proliferation of intoxicating compounds that are anything but natural or low-THC. As a result, products like delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, and HHC are marketed as “legal hemp” and sold in gas stations and convenience stores, often mimicking popular snack and candy products targeting youth.

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Committee approved an amendment to the 2024 Farm Bill proposed by Representative Mary Miller of Illinois that aims to redefine legal hemp to include only non-intoxicating cannabinoids that are naturally derived from the cannabis plant. While the inclusion of this amendment marks an important step to address these dangerous products poisoning our kids, the Farm Bill must navigate through various stages of approval before being signed into law. This initial success energizes our efforts in creating a safer, healthier future.

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