Kenton Co. Hemp Farm Forced To Burn 600 Lbs. Of Crop – Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH

$40,000 in product was lost due to these high levels of THC.

(Kenton Co., Ky.) – A local hemp farmer is taking a major financial loss after the crops tested just over the legal THC limit. 

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture tests the THC content of all hemp plants. Federal law requires all hemp to be under .3 percent THC to be considered legal. 

Kenton County’s Foggy Valley Farms manages 20 acres of hemp to be processed into CBD oil. When tested by the KDA, the local farm’s hemp tested around .41 percent, reported FOX19 NOW

Just as it was about to be shipped to a processing plant, the farm was told they would have to burn the crops, all 600 pounds of it. This correlates to a $40,000 loss for the farm. 

Foggy Valley Farms Owner Greg Marischen says the hemp’s THC level was out of their control and could possibly be due to the high amount of rain last summer. 

Foggy Valley Farms is not the only hemp farm that could be taking a hit.

The KDA has tested around 26,000 acres of hemp in the state. 81 percent has tested under .3 percent in THC this year. The remaining hemp crops waiting to be tested are at risk of being burned.  

President of the Kentucky Hemp Farmers Association, Martin Smith, tells FOX19 NOW that farms across the Bluegrass state are being hit hard this year with crops testing high in THC. 

This organization has requested the federal government to raise the legal limit to 1 percent THC. 

Savanah Maddox (R-Kenton County) says the state legislature has recently passed a resolution requesting the federal government make it happen.

“I think that it’s something that we need to encourage and to move forward with, because there are a variety of products that can be derived from hemp,” Maddox tells FOX19 NOW. 

“We are open to the threshold being increased, but that would take an act of Congress,” the KDA says in a released statement. 

Marischen would like to see a resolution, so next year’s crop they won’t see the same problem. Names cbdMD the Winner of its Best CBD Gummies Award – PRNewswire

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Q&A: New York’s new cannabis czar calls recreational marijuana the ‚right thing to do’ – The Journal News |

Norman Birenbaum, the new cannabis policy guru for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, described legalizing recreational marijuana in New York as a moral imperative.

“This is the right thing to do for public health and public safety,” Birenbaum said in a USA TODAY Network New York interview.

“The reality of the situation is we have adult-use cannabis today,” he added. „The problem is it’s not regulated, and it is provided through the illicit market.”

But if the embattled legal weed push succeeds this year, Birenbaum envisions replacing black-market pot with a tightly regulated marijuana industry that helps offset the racially biased war on drugs.

It is a stance in part forged during his last job leading Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program. He joined Cuomo’s administration in December.

His job will be to oversee the state Office of Cannabis Management that would issue licenses for producers, distributors and retailers. It would also oversee the state’s medical marijuana and hemp industries.

Birenbaum’s role will be to implement whatever law is passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The sides are hopeful to have a deal as part of the state budget due by April 1.

So Birenbaum’s viewpoint is insightful for a Cuomo administration that has increasingly moved more comfortable with legalizing marijuana. When Cuomo took office in 2011, he did not support it, but in recent years has changed his stance as other states have made pot legal, including neighboring Massachusetts.

In the interview, Birenbaum, 32, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College, addressed the generational implications of the debate and opposition from some health officials, parents and law enforcement.

Birenbaum also disputed some dire warnings from both sides of the legal weed divide, citing examples from the 11 states that already allow recreational sales to adults over 21. Cuomo said he plans to visit some of those states next month.

“You get people saying, ‘This is a plant that is a gift from above and there is absolutely no harm whatsoever and it should not be regulated,” Birenbaum said.

“That’s not necessarily right because there are real public health and safety concerns.”

“And the other people say ‘It will be the downfall of modern civilization, and we have just not seen that happen in these other states,” he added.

The discussion spanned plans for protecting workers from secondhand legal weed smoke and limiting accidental pot-edible overdoses to keeping drugs away from kids and spending cannabis tax revenues on social equity.

It has been edited for space and clarity.

What do you say to opposition concerns about legal marijuana health risks?

To think that legalizing adult use will suddenly flip a switch that hasn’t been flipped for the last 30 or 40 years I think is short sighted. I think it’s a bit ignorant.

We need to reconcile with the fact that prohibition does not work. It never has worked.

And there have been very, very large externalities that have come from prohibition when it comes to how it was enforced, and there were communities that were destroyed.

And from a strictly public health and public safety standpoint, if consumer behavior is not changing we need to do everything we can to understand it and study it and make sure that we’re mitigating against the public-health risk.

More: New York marijuana: 5 reasons why the legal weed industry is excluding communities of color

How does legalization address vaping-related illnesses linked to marijuana?

The overwhelming majority of those products which were contributing to and causing (vaping-related illness) were illicit THC products.

What we can do is say ‘If you’re going to use these products, we can makes sure they don’t contain vitamin E acetate…or a flavorant which may be fine to consume if you’re eating it, but when it goes through vaporization or aerosolization can be potentially dangerous.

Taking a head in the sand – if we pretend it’s not there, it’s not there – approach does not work.

It’s also clear through the recent nicotine-vaping crisis you’re now seeing a rash of laws and seeing a regulated framework coming into place.

We haven’t had a regulated framework for cannabis in this state ever, and mostly across the country.

And it’s time that we do that because it’s the responsible thing to do to safeguard public health and safety.

More: Legalizing marijuana in New York: How it hinges on how money goes to communities of color

How do neighboring states’ marijuana laws impact the debate?

Right over the border in New Jersey they will be voting on this in November.

All indications show that vote will pass, it will be legalized. When you look at how it’s polling, and look at where it is in the country, these ballot initiatives are overwhelmingly popular.

Only two have failed. One by a very thin margin in Arizona, which is a pretty red state. And another in Ohio that was largely because it was drafted in a way that it would have only benefited a small handful of businesses.

Understanding that it is a virtual foregone conclusion that this will be right over the border, I think we need to ask ourselves: Do we want New York residents going to a neighboring jurisdiction?

What are other legal weed states seeing in terms of health concerns?

Because of early missteps in other states, we now have packaging and labeling standards…so that people have an understanding of what they’re putting into their bodies.

What we’ve seen in other states is actually positive indicators, especially around youth use and public education campaigns.

We have the healthiest generation of kids in this nation’s history when it comes to alcohol and tobacco consumption, but when you look at cannabis use it has stayed the same when alcohol and tobacco use is dropping.

So, we don’t have the same type of regulated framework to make sure we’re educating kids about cannabis, and to make sure that the people who are operating in the industry aren’t targeting them and are acting responsibly.

More: New York marijuana: 7 things to know about Gov. Cuomo’s bill to legalize recreational pot

How does New York make social equity work after other states failed?

A lot of early states would acknowledge the political atmosphere around this issue was just pass legalization and pass it by any and all means necessary.

That led to a disregard for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by prohibition and the war on drugs.

And so, the governor has been very, very clear that this is a foundational component of legalization in New York.

How do social equity applicants compete with big cannabis companies?

It’s about tools in (Cuomo’s bill) to give geographic preference to social and economic equity licenses, because we understand the market in Rochester is different than the market in Manhattan.

We understand there is inherent value in certain places, and we want that value and that stability that comes with that to go to social and economic equity applicants.

Being able to issue zero- to low-interest loans to social equity applicants is something we kept in there from last year.

We understand that access to a license is nothing if you don’t have access to the capital required to build it, and implement it, and run it in a way that is going to be prosperous.

More: New York marijuana: What to know about decriminalization, criminal records, pot possession

What about calls for spending specific percentages of tax revenue on social equity?

Adequate resources are important, so is flexibility.

Local community impact grants in Cuomo’s plan, for example, is restorative justice, and it is being able to make investment in the communities that exist outside of the cannabis industry.

Because these communities need help and investment and resources, and not all of them want to engage in the cannabis industry and it can be a volatile industry.

But we also need to have the flexibility to be able to use the information that we gather to be able to work with community partners and stakeholders to help inform how the spending should be allocated.

More: NY wants to ban flavored e-cigarette products. Here’s the latest.

How does New York’s approach to marijuana taxes compare to other states?

Other states had a value-based tax that was either put on at whole sale or retail, but you didn’t have any weight-based or potency or THC-based tax rate.

There were no price mechanisms in terms of ensuring of minimum value and stability of market. And that’s really important because this is an agricultural commodity.

In states like Oregon you had over supply and dramatic price decreases to a point where you had businesses going out of business and you had large incentives for them to divert out of state.

How does New York prevent black-market pot from undercutting legal weed?

Our illicit market is not one based off growing and production. It’s more based on distribution and delivery service.

So, we can fulfill that need by having locally grown and locally produced products that are safe and regulated to fulfill that market demand.

Other states have other reasons.

California, for example, has seen over a half century of just large scale, unregulated growing and supply to the point where they export to the rest of the country.

In Oregon, it’s that they produced so much more cannabis than they need. They could stop producing it right now and still have enough cannabis to provide every man, woman and child with, I think, six pounds.

But that’s a function of not having the foresight of putting in market-based limitation on production.

More: NY vaping: AG appeals judge’s order that struck down emergency e-cigarette flavor ban

What will stop the out-of-state smuggling of illicit pot into New York?

People now obtain from the illicit market because we don’t have a regulated market for them, but we’ve seen this transition in legal states.

So, if you have someone who is engaged in a large-scale sophisticated (illicit marijuana) delivery service here now, it’s making sure that they have an opportunity to come in and do it the right way that is a regulated and taxed by the state.

It’s not just about displacing the illicit market. It’s also about absorbing these entrepreneurs that have small businesses, be it operating illegally, and that is part of the social justice initiative of this bill.

What can New Yorkers expect if legal marijuana use cafes are approved?

This is not yet established in other states. We’re starting to see it in Alaska and Massachusetts, and municipalities like Denver and others in California.

We need to create a safe space where consumers can use products when the alternative would be on the street, which is something we don’t want to see, or putting their housing in jeopardy, particularly looking at federally subsidized housing.

We need it to be a controlled atmosphere where we’re able to educate consumers to make sure the products are safe, the environment is safe.

What’s your response to the new AAA report raising concerns that more Americans are getting high before driving?

The governor has a comprehensive road safety approach to make sure that we can, as best as we can, create parity between enforcement of impaired driving, whether that’s under the use of alcohol, opioids, cannabis or other substances.

For example, right now if you refuse to undergo a breathalyzer test for alcohol impairment there‘s an automatic administrative suspension of your driver’s licenses.

We proposed the same thing for cannabis if you refuse to undergo an evaluation from a drug recognition expert.

And the same penalties for having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle have been put in place for open containers and use in a vehicle of cannabis.

More: Health experts fear more stoned drivers are taking the wheel following pot legalization

What is the impact of the effort to legalize marijuana at the federal level?

The SAFE Act to address (cannabis industry) banking would certainly be more than helpful.

When the cannabis industry is forced to be a cash industry, that just makes it more expensive and more dangerous for both the states that are administering these programs, but also the licensees and the communities where they operate.

David Robinson is the state health care reporter for the USA TODAY Network New York. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter: @DrobinsonLoHud

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Giving students access to CBD products during school – KIMT 3

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Around lunchtime every day, Kaya Koball is taking a dose of her CBD oil. She takes the oil three times each day to treat her epilepsy. Once a day, during the school afternoon, a member of her family has to take time to administer the dose since the District doesn’t allow CBD products on school grounds. 

„It sucks, she’s in high school, she’s supposed to be independent and do things on her own,” Justin Koball, her father said. „She’s still reliant on me to show up.”

The routine is a daily obstacle to Kaya’s education. 

„Right now, she’s missing, what do you have English or something?” Justin asked. 

„Yes, I’m in English class right now,” Kaya said. 

Her father has his own business and wishes the School District would meet him halfway. 

„I just wish they would advocate more instead of letting the parents do it all, here we are trying to pull strings and get stuff done, it takes a toll on myself, our relationship with our daughter,” Justin said. „It takes a toll on the business.”

Despite all the hurdles – Kaya’s father says his family will do whatever it takes to ensure their daughter is healthy. 

„It’s my child, my responsibility, I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure she has the proper care and medicine she deserves,” Justin said. 

When KIMT News 3 reached out to Rochester Public Schools for comment, they referred us to a policy that states „CBD is not allowed on school grounds,” but offered no further comment. 

Giving students access to CBD products – KIMT 3


Around lunchtime every day, Kaya Koball is taking a dose of her CBD oil. She takes the oil three times each day to treat her epilepsy. Once a day, during the school afternoon, a member of her family has to take time to administer the dose since the District doesn’t allow CBD products on school grounds. 

„It sucks, she’s in high school, she’s supposed to be independent and do things on her own,” Justin Koball, her father said. „She’s still reliant on me to show up.”

The routine is a daily obstacle to Kaya’s education. 

„Right now, she’s missing, what do you have English or something?” Justin asked. 

„Yes, I’m in English class right now,” Kaya said. 

Her father has his own business and wishes the School District would meet him halfway. 

„I just wish they would advocate more instead of letting the parents do it all, here we are trying to pull strings and get stuff done, it takes a toll on myself, our relationship with our daughter,” Justin said. „It takes a toll on the business.”

Despite all the hurdles – Kaya’s father says his family will do whatever it takes to ensure their daughter is healthy. 

„It’s my child, my responsibility, I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure she has the proper care and medicine she deserves,” Justin said. 

When KIMT News 3 reached out to Rochester Public Schools for comment, they referred us to a policy that states „CBD is not allowed on school grounds,” but offered no further comment. 

Lifting the Smoke on Vaping – InsideSources

Saying “Vaporization is a health crisis” is the equivalent of saying “Cooking is a health crisis.” Vaporizing simply means boiling. What you consume, how you boil and who is consuming it is the real issue.

What’s happening out there is the equivalent of kids eating poison-fish tacos, but headlines read “tacos are dangerous.” We’re missing the point, causing misinformation and bad policy.

Let’s break this down: As a method of consumption, inhaling vapor is very fast and effective, and people use it when they want the effects to be felt quickly. Your humidifier is also a vaporizer. Vaporization is simply a method of consumption, but we indeed have three clear problems that we are facing.

First off, let’s take a look at “the what” of the issue — essentially the substance you consume matters. There are two parts of this problem specifically. To begin, many people are consuming a highly addictive substance: nicotine.

Methods of consumption (vapor, smoking, patches, chewing etc.) or flavors aren’t the reason people consume nicotine: The substance has persisted through the ages because it is addictive. Nicotine and tobacco products are regulated, but we have many gaps to fill in access to the substance (to be elaborated later).

Secondly, since the legal cannabis market is still in its early stages, many people are turning to black market alternatives. The black market is not regulated and there are no consequences if unsafe additives, cutting or diluting agents are added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vitamin E Acetate is strongly linked to — and is seen as the primary culprit in — causing lung illness and in extreme cases, death. Vitamin E Acetate is just one additive that could cause issues, so if you are buying on the black market, know that you are not only risking legal repercussions, but you are also risking your health and possibly your life.

The rule should be simple: know exactly what it is you are consuming, where it comes from, how it was made and have access to a lab report, even if you are buying legal products. If you don’t understand it, you shouldn’t consume it.

Another part of the problem is “the how.” Vaporizers must be clean and boil clean. Just as in cooking, it is quite possible to introduce contaminants while vaporizing. Not all vaporizers are created equal. Many devices, especially ones available on the black market are not made using food safe materials.

This can cause contamination in the form of heavy metals or outgassing. Food safe materials are more expensive and are sometimes harder to work with, but it’s very important that the vaporizer you use is clean. Look for food safe products only.

Next, keep in mind, you are trying to boil, not burn. If the vaporizer is causing that subtle burn in the back of your throat, it is likely hotter than needed to boil. This diminishes the idea of boiling and takes you back towards burning: not a good idea.

Finally, who is vaping? Vaporizing is an adult decision. We need to use all technologies and tools at our disposal to prevent underage use. A smart combination of technology and regulation has the power to make unauthorized access to legal products incredibly difficult.

Higher standards of age verification, smart cartridges and devices have a powerful part to play in tandem with better regulation. Vapor technology innovators like Airgraft, GoFire and Pax are working hard to provide technology solutions to these problems and are making significant progress.

When looking at complex issues, there is a tendency to look for a “culprit,” as it’s a natural human reaction. Policymakers are under pressure to spring to action quickly, but when they don’t understand the problems accurately, they unintendedly create bad policy. It might satisfy the need to quickly “get something done,” but the results are undesirable. Prohibition is a notoriously counterproductive tactic.

For example, banning vaping has pushed people to black market and smoking, which is just the opposite of the policy intent. To effectively solve problems, we must first define them and be objective and evidence based. All the solutions are in our toolbox: technology, regulation to ensure quality standards of product and access control for minors.

Regulation should also consider that if we don’t incentivize people to use legal, regulated products, we will still have the black market. If regulation adds too much cost, too much friction or results in poor selection, we will be ineffective.

We should acknowledge that although we don’t yet have the wealth of data to conclusively say “vaping is 100 percent safe,” there is a lot of evidence that vaporization greatly reduces carcinogens and toxins in comparison to smoking.

As always, we should consume responsibly and stay educated about choices.

State plan to ‚harmonize’ marijuana programs would wreak havoc, critics say – Press Herald

Maine wants to “harmonize” its medical and adult-use marijuana programs, but small growers, edible makers and retailers say the state’s proposed changes would drive them out of business and leave rural, cash-strapped patients without affordable medicine.

The Office of Marijuana Policy told state lawmakers Wednesday that it wants the medical and adult-use programs to abide by the same state rules whenever possible. It introduced a bill to apply the same plant size restriction, labeling rules, manufacturing safety and background checks to both programs.

The bill also would allow the state to impose hefty fines on medical marijuana businesses for breaking the rules. In the past, state regulators have had little wriggle room when it comes to dealing with rule breakers – suspending or revoking a license or doing nothing at all.

“The goal is to begin the process of aligning,” said Gabi Berube Pierce, policy director for the Office of Marijuana Policy. “We understand that this change may result in a change in cultivation practices in the medical program, however aligning these definitions is a necessary step.”

But the changes would hit mom-and-pop medical growers, edible makers and retail shops hard. They would represent a major regulatory shift for Maine’s medical marijuana program, which has been around since 1999 and appears to be thriving despite the state’s hands-off approach.

Fines ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 scare Kevin Falcon, a Winslow caregiver who runs an extraction lab. Under the department’s bill, a labeling typo could result in a “minor” violation that would result in a $10,000 or $25,000 fine, Falcon said. That would put most Maine caregivers out of business.

“You’re going to drive people underground because you’re making it over-expensive and making it impossible for a little guy,” Falcon said. “So you’re basically catering to the big money. They got all kinds of money that if they make a mistake they just throw money at it and move on.”

Although the state has eight licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, three quarters of the $111 million state market is served by a network of 2,600 medical marijuana caregivers. Under state laws, caregivers can grow, harvest and make products from up to 30 mature plants for card-carrying marijuana patients.

Most of Maine’s estimated 65,000 medical marijuana patients do not smoke their cannabis, but use infused oils, tinctures, foods or lotions that require marijuana oil to be extracted from the raw plant. In Maine, many small operators perform that extraction using food-grade alcohol.

On the advice of the state fire marshal, Maine wants to reclassify alcohol-based extractions as inherently hazardous, a change in the law that would require extractions to occur in commercial-grade, engineer-approved labs that cost about $100,000 to set up, much less operate.

It was this part of the bill – which mirrors language the department is trying to introduce into the recreational cannabis program under a separate piece of legislation – that prompted the most outcry from caregivers, labs and even patients who make their own medicine at home.

Caregivers told lawmakers that at least two-thirds of all non-smokable medical cannabis is made using food-grade alcohol, usually in closed-loop systems that keep all the solvent from escaping into the air. It is usually done at extremely cold temperatures to lower the risk of explosion.

While butane and propane extractions have resulted in fires and explosions, caregivers asked the state to offer evidence that alcohol-based extractions have led to problems that would necessitate “bomb shelter-style labs.” Simple extractions can be done in table-top machines you wouldn’t even know were running, they said.

“It’s almost like you want to run us caregivers out of business,” said Susan Meehan, an Augusta caregiver who provides free or low-cost medical marijuana products, usually made with alcohol, to pediatric patients. “We’re Maine citizens and we want to play by the rules. When the market is over-regulated, the black market thrives.”

One patient who identified as a recovering addict told lawmakers that she often borrowed a neighbor’s machine to make marijuana oil that she believes helps her stay clean. She said she doesn’t have the money to afford even low-cost oils found at caregivers shops to satisfy her daily medical needs.

State regulators told lawmakers Wednesday they are open to a compromise that would allow patients to keep making their own medicine. The committee’s House chairwoman, Rep. Patty Hymanson, D-York, urged both department officials, caregivers and patients to come back to them with a deal acceptable to all.

Some lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Committee sharply criticized the department’s proposal.

“I’ve got to say, I am a little disappointed,” said Rep. Beth O’Connor, R-Berwick, whose fiery opening speech elicited cheers from the audience. “I see a lot of the things in this bill as a nail in the coffin of these businesses and we’re going to drive them underground.”

Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, doesn’t serve on the committee reviewing this bill, but serves on different one that is considering several new adult-use bills, and helped to write the current adult-use legalization law. He called this bill and others pending before the Legislature oppressive.

“We have changed the medical marijuana law 25 ways to Sunday,” Hickman said. “Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone. What problem are we trying to solve? Has anybody died? Has the crime rate gone up? Looks to me like the state has made more money.”

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Vermont farmers concerned by cannabis bill provisions – WCAX

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont lawmakers are poised to take action to create a regulated cannabis market in the Green Mountains. But some of the opposition to the bill comes from local farmers who believe that the current proposal limits their opportunity to cash-in on the lucrative crop.

„We all deserve a fair playing field,” said Justin Lang, a fifth generation farmer at Lang Farm in Essex Junction. The farm has a golf course, hosts weddings, offers retail space, and most recently started growing hemp. If a taxed and regulated market for marijuana becomes legal in Vermont, they have aspirations of being part of it, but it may not be possible.

„Just kind of concerned that the bill really isn’t giving a fair chance for Vermont farmers and craft operators to kind of operate in the cannabis field just as much as corporate America is getting an inside foot to kind of our market,” Lang said.

Right now S.54 would only allow Vermont’s five registered medical cannabis providers to receive an integrated license to grow, market and sell recreational pot. Others would only be able to get a license for one aspect of the industry — as a cultivator, manufacturer, wholesaler, testing lab, or retailer.

„We have a medical program which will have an initial preferred access to get this kind of kick started, and that’s been justified in different ways, but you’re inherently setting up a market in a specific way,” said cannabis consultant Eli Harrington.

He says the bill isn’t perfect but it gets something closer to the governor’s desk.”I think there are legitimate concerns about having a market that’s fair and equitable for people to get in,” Harrington said. „But there are great parts to this bill too, as far as anti-monopoly provisions and allowing vertical integration, so it’s a mixed bag.”

Farmer advocacy group Rural Vermont believes the House bill misses the mark by following the lead of other states and creating big business instead of small agriculture.

„We’d like to have something different in Vermont, have the actual opportunity for this to work out for our communities, for our small businesses, for the farming community and not have it become what it has become in other states,” said the group’s Graham Unangst-Rufenacht.

Lang agrees, and wants a market that is comparable to Vermont’s craft beer industry. „We don’t feel like they’re giving Vermonters a fair chance to put Vermont on the map the way it should be,” he said.

The bill could still undergo some minor changes, but likely not enough to address some of the farmers’ major concerns. As of right now — Vermonters may be able to buy cannabis in a tax and regulated market by next January.

Local hemp farm’s crop to go up in flames over a fraction of 1 percent in THC levels – WCPO Cincinnati

MORNING VIEW, Ky. — Because of a fraction of 1 percent mistake in THC levels, a Northern Kentucky farmer’s hemp fields are slated to go up in smoke, mandated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

He said the crop is worth tens of thousands of dollars, and it’s set to be destroyed because it contains less than one-tenth of a percent more THC than the law allows.

„Our goal is to grow a viable crop and sell it for CBD oil to help people,” said Greg Marishen, co-owner of the Foggy Valley Farm in Morningview, Kentucky. Now, after roughly one year in business, Marishen has learned the government will destroy all of his crops soon.

„One of the strains when we harvested or when they came out and tested,” he said. „The KDA comes out and tests for the THC content. The limit is .3% and so we tested slightly over that.”

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture enforces the federal law that says hemp crops with more than .3% of THC are considered marijuana — which is against the law in Kentucky — so the crop is destroyed.

„It’s a bit of a guessing game, because nobody grows it to go over that limit, but it does happen,” said Marishen.

Marishen said the KDA will agree to re-test hemp plants if the plants test .4% THC levels — but if that second test still comes back above .39%, the crop will be destroyed. The Foggy Valley Farms strain tested at around .41%.

A spokesperson with the KDA told WCPO “We understand how frustrating and disappointing it can be for growers who have hemp that tests above the legal limit, especially when it may be due to genetics or other factors outside the control of growers.”

Martin Smith, president of the Kentucky Hemp Farmers Association, said a lot of young farmers had to learn that the hard way this year.

„We try to limit it as much as possible, but when we had such growth this year, we had a drought and we had folks that have never grown this crop by the droves coming in and starting for their very first time without many resources, aside from the internet,” said Smith.

His group is lobbying for a change. They want Congress to raise the THC limit allowance to 1% — an amount he said won’t change the potency.

„No, it would not get them high,” said Smith. „The 1% that comes with the flower. The processors can process it to whatever percentage they want as long as law allows them, but we are talking about only the flower coming off the farm. The 1% doesn’t change anything for anybody else other than the farmer.”

Smith explained that when the KDA tests hemp plants, they test the THC levels in the flowers — the most potent part of the plant. His group argues that’s not the most accurate way to test, since the THC levels would balance out once the entire plant is ground up together for use in oils or other hemp products.

The group is hoping Congress will provide a long-term solution to this issue by raising the THC limit to 1%, but since that could take some time, they’re also hoping for a shorter-term solution.

„What can happen for us this year is President Trump can issue an executive order, because the USDA is under his executive branch. He can enact an executive order that would allow to test only the young, vigorous leaves of the maturing hemp plants,” said Smith.

Smith said he hopes changing these laws will help industrial hemp farmers to keep their crops, instead of losing them each year.