Proposed Hemp Changes in Senate Farm Bill

June 11, 2018

As a follow up to our May blog entry on Hemp, the Senate Farm Bill proposal, the ‘Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018’, includes (on page 1006 of 1006) the following section:

(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 102(16) of the Controlled  Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) is amended—
 (1) by striking ‘‘(16) The’’ and inserting “‘(16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the’’; and
 (2) by striking ‘‘Such term does not include the’’ and inserting the following:
 ‘‘(B) The term ‘marihuana’ does not include—

 ‘‘(i) hemp, as defined in section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946; or
 ‘‘(ii) the’’.

 (b) TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL.—Schedule I, as set forth in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)), is amended in subsection (c)(17) by 16 inserting after ‘‘Tetrahydrocannabinols’’ the following: ‘‘, except for tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp (as defined under section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 19 1946)’’.

This language mirrors the that of the McConnell bill, which we described last month

If you would like to learn more about Hemp, be sure to attend the CSG-ERC 2018 Annual Meeting in Rye Brook, NY August 5th through 8th.  Our Tuesday morning Agriculture & Rural Affairs session will feature experts in Hemp legislation (federal, state and provincial), hemp research, and hemp processing who will share their knowledge and stimulate discussion.  Registration is now open.  Go to  to register.

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