A hemp crop that had been grown under Nebraska license this year was shredded because its THC level was too high.
The grower were among 10 licensed this year by the Nebraska Agriculture Department following federal legalization of the low-THC version of the cannabis plant as a commodity. The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from a list of controlled substances. THC is the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. The bill requires states to set their own rules on how the hemp is grown.
The department said that of the other nine licensees, six completed the harvest, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. One did not plant a crop this year, one donated the plants to a university to finish the project and one was given an extension to finish up.
The errant crop was grown near Rulo in southeastern Nebraska. A first sampling of the crop showed THC levels below the legal maximum, but a second sampling showed levels above the maximum.
The department ordered the crop destroyed.
A family member of the growers, Steve Johansen, said it was “an excellent crop.”
“But it is what it is. … And today’s another day, and I have to worry about today and tomorrow.” he said.”