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Governor Abbott Signs Bill Allowing Hemp Production, CBD In Texas

June 12, 2019 - 6:28 am

By Elizabeth Ragone, for 1080 KRLD

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott signs a law allowing farmers to grow hemp. House Bill 1325 is effective immediately.

A federally-approved program will enable farmers to grow hemp as an industrial crop. In addition to protecting the sampling, inspection and testing of the crop, it clears up confusion regarding cannabidiol products.

Chrissy Crowell, who owns Your CBD Store in Keller said, "I think, for our customers, it helps them know there really is no grey area left."

It was illegal to sell or buy hemp products with any trace of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the compound in cannabis plants that makes marijuana users feel high. Products sold and bought in Texas can legally have up to 0.3 percent of THC now.

"Products that are going to have trace amounts of THC of 0.3 percent, or lower, is called full spectrum," said Crowell. "When you extract out of the plants, it's one of the purest ways to get the oil."

Hemp was removed from the federal list of controlled substances in 2018. However, Texas state law still defined marijuana and hemp as the same thing, so hemp and products derived from hemp were still illegal. Abbott put an end to this when he signed the law.

"There's been so many legality questions, and people being arrested and stores being raided," said Crowell. "I think this eliminates all those questions and really helps the consumer feel safe in buying a CBD oil."

Stores that sell CBD oil will be required to register and comply with regulations from the Texas Department of State Health Services.