Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that lets Texas farmers grow hemp — and allows the sale of products such as CBD oil.
Not so fast, say some who believe these products will be legal once state agencies create rules and procedures to test and inspect the products. No products made outside the state will be allowed — and it will be regulated similarly to how marijuana is Nevada. It will only be allowed to be sold in stores with special licenses, not local bodegas as done before.
Supporters and those who sell the products say the new law makes clear that it’s legal to sell hemp products in Texas, as long as they contain less than .3% of the psychoactive element in marijuana. The law went into effect with Monday’s signing.
“Texans are now free to use CBD without fear of arrest,” said Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “This is a big step for Texas and one we can all be proud of.”
Although CBD products have already been available on many Texas store shelves, they were not legal and resulted in arrests. Now, products meeting the standards set in the bill can legally be sold to customers.
While Abbot has not publicized the bill’s signing or made any comments on the record, others in Texas are very excited about the new legislation.
A study led by Bonn-Miller found that nearly 7 of 10 CBD products didn’t contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label — and worse, as much as 20% of the products contained ILLEGAL levels of THC.