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The Convergence, Overlap, and Confusion of the terms Hemp and Marijuana

I recently came across a marijuana brand from California promote they are now launching a hemp line and it made me perk up because a new trend is emerging which I’ll unpack for you here.

When hemp became federally legalized in 2018 it specifically carved out legislation legalizing anything less than .3% Delta 9 THC so long as it was hemp derived to be legal across all 50 states.

This legislation was specifically addressing hemp, leaving marijuana as anything classified as over that .3% Delta 9 THC threshold a Schedule 1 substance and restricted to a state by state framework of laws.

Now with that information what exactly is hemp? Sure you’ve heard of hemp seeds, or using the stock for fiber. But is it that much different than marijuana? Doesn’t CBD exist in both, same for THC?

Without getting too much into the weeds of the conversation, because it really can be a long unraveling rather quickly. I want to paint a picture of what is happening and speculate where I think things are going to head.

Originally with the passing of the farm bill, you had regulated states like California selling marijuana products, and then in states like here in Texas where we dont have regulated marijuana, you saw the emergence of hemp products.

Shayda Torabi

When we first entered the market with RESTART, we were only selling CBD, so at that time back in 2018/2019, there was more or less a clearly defined lane between the two sides.

But I want to bring you back to that dividing line, specifically it is quantified as the total amount of THC present, because that is what qualifies something as hemp which can be federally legal, or marijuana which is only legal within the specific state in which it is legalized within. 

Of course, since those early years we’ve seen a rapid evolution in not only cannabinoid discovery but in the productization of those cannabinoids.

So now we’re in 2023, and we clearly have begun to see these lines blur, especially with the introduction of cannabinoids like Delta 8 THC as well as hemp derived Delta 9 THC. So long as the Delta 9 content is less than .3% on a dry weight basis, it is within the bounds of the law, right?

A CBD Pre-Roll burnt.

However, a question I keep butting up against is who is going to regulate these cannabinoids?

Does what we’re seeing being sold as hemp actually qualify as regulated marijuana? Perhaps not by the definition, but by the intention of the product?

Should we get rid of the names “hemp” and “marijuana” altogether and evolve towards a broad encompassing term like cannabis? Or what about consumable cannabinoids compared to agricultural hemp?

I think what we’re witnessing which initially was a division from regulated marijuana markets about the reputation of hemp is now an acknowledgment about how they can operate without the boundaries and restrictions of these regulated programs where their marijuana can’t cross state lines like their hemp product lines can. 

And with the protection of hemp from a legal perspective, it’s opening up a conversation for marijuana brands struggling to navigate the regulated market due to poor regulation and taxation to find relief within the confines of the farm bill to execute with more runway. 

When you look at what could come next, you need to pay attention to the legalities always. 

Despite hemp being federally legal, you now have states cracking down on specific language relating to some of these cannabinoids. For example, Colorado has made the production and sale of Delta 8 THC illegal. 

So this isn’t to say that there is a free pass if you simply make and market your products as hemp.

However, I think the lines are becoming even more blurred not only for lawmakers, but certainly for operators and maybe that’s to the consumers benefit.

I’m curious what you think about this?

To me all regulated marijuana brands aside from cultivators could get in on this seemingly new revelation and have their products sold without boundaries and yet it also creates a whole other diversion from the plant and reintroduces us to the world of chemically derived cannabinoids.

We’re just scratching the surface, but to continue the conversation join me on

A Call to Action

1.    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Texas Retailers Need Help Regarding Smokable Hemp

On May 8th the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced their intention to prohibit the retail sale of smokable hemp products. This rulemaking goes beyond the original bill, Texas HB 1325, which states, “processing or manufacturing of a consumable hemp product for smoking is prohibited.” The state of Indiana included the prohibition of retail sales of smokable products into their hemp law. This language was blocked by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, due to this prohibition violating the interstate commerce clause found in the 2018 Farm Bill. We MUST make a legal challenge to the DSHS misguided rule.

Additionally, you can help by making a comment during the official comment period through June 8th. We can use all the help we can get to send notes or place calls about this issue. Contact us directly if we can help you craft your comment by 6/7/2020 deadline.

Questions about the content of this proposal may be directed to Rod Moline, Ph.D., R.S., Section Director, at (512) 231-5712 in the DSHS/CPD Policy, Standards, and Quality Assurance Unit.

Written comments on the proposal may also be submitted to Rod Moline, Ph.D., R.S., Section Director, Mail Code 1987, Texas Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347, or by email to [email protected]

To be considered, comments must be submitted no later than 31 days after the date of this issue of the Texas Register. Comments must be: (1) postmarked or shipped before the last day of the comment period; (2) hand-delivered at 8407 Wall Street, Austin, Texas 78754 before 5:00 p.m. on the last working day of the comment period; or (3) emailed before midnight on the last day of the comment period. If last day to submit comments falls on a holiday, comments must be postmarked, shipped, or emailed before midnight on the following business day to be accepted. When emailing comments, please indicate “Comments on Proposed Rule 19R074 Hemp Program” in the subject line.

2.    Thusfar, FDA and USDA have not deemed hemp grain as generally recognized as safe for animal feed (GRAS). This recognition is critical in order for hemp to become a high-volume low-cost commodity for livestock feed. 

3.    The FDA has neglected its statutory duty to regulate CBD and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids, delaying these products from being allowed into the larger food and beverage markets. Action against the FDA would encourage the passage of the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) sponsored legislation (H.R. 5587) that would require the FDA to regulate CBD and other cannabinoids as a dietary supplement.

4. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has allowed the illegal censorship and inability to conduct marketing for hemp business and non-profits on social media platforms like Facebook. Facebook policies put hemp business and non-profits at a distinct disadvantage compared to other entities and must be challenged. 

By joining or renewing your membership with the TXHIA, you become part of a unified voice for this critical industry and will help ensure the promotion of hemp as essential business. 

Kindest regards, 
Coleman Hemphill President, 325-226-4538