It is expected that in 2020, THC levels will cause one out of every five lots of hemp to be rendered unusable, and therefore, destroyed. The USDA has enacted strict guidelines for THC levels. In a new report from Hemp Industry Daily entitled “USDA Hemp Rules: A Handbook for Hemp & CBD Businesses,” the USDA estimates that around 20% of the hemp sent in for testing will come back “hot,” a term referring to the overall THC content which falls above the legal threshold of 0.3%.
While it’s not possible to know before testing the exact amount of hemp that will come back above the legal threshold, the USDA reached their estimates “based on discussions with states that have a hemp program under the 2014 Farm Bill.” In accordance with regulations, hemp that tests above 0.3% THC is required to be destroyed, but an upside exists, as agency’s new rules allow for a <0.2% difference, meaning that farmers won’t be considered in negligent violation of these rules so long as their crops test below 0.5% THC.
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