According to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas House of Representatives has passed H.B. 1325, which allows farmers to cultivate industrial hemp and, notably, legalizes CBD with less than .3% THC content. Simultaneously, an amendment to Oklahoma S.B. 238 has created not only a bill that discloses the CBD’s country of origin and natural status, but also allows for CBD sales without a license—a big victory in that state for proponents of CBD.
The Texas bill, as we’ve spoken about in the past, is a huge step for Texas to allow these supplements statewide and secures a spot for retailers who choose to sell the hemp-derived supplement and for those who choose to use it. It wasn’t long ago that NBC 5 Dallas/Ft. Worth highlighted the risks by profiling a young man arrested for use of the substance, and the Sheriff’s stance on the supplement. Now the future of the supplement (and those who sell it or use it) is one step closer to being a stable, secure thing.
In Oklahoma, the situation is a little different. Senate Bill 238 started its life as a bill requiring disclosure of the country of origin of the CBD in the product, and whether it was synthetic or naturally sourced. Thanks to an amendment made to the bill during the legislative process, it now contains language specifically legalizing CBD sales without a license. The Oklahoma House has approved the bill 99-1 and continues to the Senate sponsor.
Regardless of your stance on the controversial supplement, these bills will have an impact on our industry. We wanted to make you aware of these developments, and as always, we will bring you more information as it arises.
Thanks to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable for the information on the bills!