22 AGs Call on Congress to End Hemp Intoxicants ‘Loophole’ in Federal Farm Bill

In a March 20 letter to members of Congress, 22 attorneys general called for “much-needed improvements” on provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill related to hemp, which they say “unleashed…a flood of products that are nothing less than a more potent form of cannabis.”  

The products, the AGs claim, are “often in candy form that is made attractive to youth and children – with staggering levels of potency, no regulation, no oversight, and a limited capability” for the attorneys general “to rein them in.” In the letter, the AGs argue that “The current law defining hemp has resulted in exploitation” and that, when applied to foods, the 0.3% THC limit – which distinguishes industrial hemp from cannabis – “is inadequate to distinguish the potential for intoxication.”  

“The result that has been seen is excessively potent products that are manufactured under fewer controls than in states that have legalized cannabis. Because of the ambiguity created by the 2018 Farm Bill, a massive gray market worth an estimated $28 billion has exploded, forcing cannabis-equivalent products into our economies regardless of states’ intentions to legalize cannabis use, and dangerously undermining regulations and consumer protections in states where adult-use legal

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