The Canadian federal government is making changes to hemp farming regulations, putting Hemp in the News this week.
Health Canada will no longer require testing of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) in the majority of hemp crops. Furthermore, hemp farmers will not be required to specify which fields will be used for hemp, prior to the planting season.
According to Health Canada, the revision is an exception to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which reflects the crops minimal health and safety risk to the public.
This announcement from Health Canada is victorious news for the many Canadian hemp growers and hemp seed processors who, for years, have been lobbying the federal government to ease up on hemp regulations.
Russ Crawford, president of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, stated that the government has made it much easier to farm hemp and to obtain the necessary licenses and testing. It’s a step towards hemp being recognised as a crop in the grain or oilseed variety.
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