From our analytics, twenty-eight percent of hemp lots will exceed 0.3% THC limit in 2020. Believe it! 26% of all hemp in 2020 will be destroyed because the plants exceed the legal THC limit. Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is near our numbers, estimating that 20% of hemp lots sent in for testing will test “hot,” or above the legal threshold of 0.3% THC content. The USDA concedes that it isn’t possible to know in advance how much hemp will fail to meet the legal THC threshold. But the agency said it arrived at this estimate “based on information discussions with states that have a hemp program under the 2014 Farm Bill.”
An upside to the agency’s new rules is that producers won’t be considered in negligent violation of the federal rules unless their hemp tests above 0.5% THC. Thus, producers would not be prosecuted for a federal crime if their hemp tested within the range of 0.3% to 0.5%.
However, all failing hemp must be destroyed and can’t be used in any way – even in states that allow both marijuana and hemp production. Because cannabis grown as marijuana must be traced through a state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, producers will not be able to shift “hot” hemp to the marijuana channel.
Hemp farmers and industry advocates have expressed unease over the new testing rules, especially the requirement that only labs registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would be qualified to test the THC levels of hemp.
Remember this - Midnight HEMP Raid in New York State
Some are worried this requirement will create bottlenecks in the hemp supply chain, particularly in rural or remote areas. Others have expressed concern that the DEA will be heavily involved in monitoring the hemp industry, particularly now that a law has been passed to promote legal hemp production.
WARNING TO PA HEMP FARMERS.
DON'T BE AT THE MERCY OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RAIDERS THAT ARE BOUND BY LAW TO "WEED OUT" MARIJUANA, AS YOUR HEMP CROP BECOMES MARIJUANA WHEN ITS THC LEVEL EXCEEDS 3 PERCENT.
Get your crops tested, and often during the growth cycle after 45 days. GREENMARK CRYPTOGRAPHICS AND TESTING LABS, a division of NL- NORTHRIDGE LABORATORIES plans to offer farmers in Pennsylvania free cycle testing for THC in hemp plants. Our "Make Your HEMP Crop Save Initiative" will be posted on March 1, 2020.