The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted raids on pharmacies in the Austin vicinity, spurring concerns about Hemp vs. Marijuana laws.

Hemp industry advocates and state legislators are now pushing for clear definitions of the laws surrounding hemp and marijuana products.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Members of the Texas Hemp Industries Association affirm that the confiscated hemp products are legal under federal and state law, and want to see a clear distinction of laws between hemp products, medicinal marijuana and recreational marijuana.

In early September the Texas DPS targeted four Peoples Pharmacy Inc. locations in Austin where they confiscated Cannabidiol (CBD) products.

THIA Policy Director Sheila Hemphill explained that CBD products do not contain the psychoactive properties found in recreational marijuana, so you can’t get high from it. The federal Agriculture Act of 2014 legalized industrial hemp products nation-wide and, as a result, CBD products have become common non-prescription pain medications in pharmacies. Hemphill suggests that DPS officials are not clear on the legalities of hemp products in the state of Texas.

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