2018 Hemp Farm Bill Summary On Hemp

2018 Hemp Farm Bill Summary On Hemp
2018 Hemp Farm Bill Summary On Hemp

WHAT DOES THE FARM BILL DO?
ANALYSIS BY U.S. HEMP ROUNDTABLE GENERAL COUNSEL JONATHAN MILLER
Late in the evening of December 10, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill House/Senate Conference Committee
released its Conference Report. The 807-page document is nearly half a foot tall. Hemp is discussed in
only a few handfuls of pages. But the impact on the industry is monumental:
• The era of hemp prohibition is over. Hemp is now permanently removed from the Controlled
Substances Act (CSA). It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, no longer mistaken as a
controlled substance, like marijuana.
• By redefining hemp to include its “extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives,” Congress explicitly has
removed popular hemp products — such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) — from the purview of
the CSA. Accordingly, the Drug Enforcement Administration no longer has any possible claim to
interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products. This should give comfort to federally
regulated institutions — banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites and
advertising platforms — to conduct commerce with the hemp and hemp product industry.
• Hemp farmers now may finally access needed crop insurance and can fully participate in USDA
programs for certification and competitive grants.
• State and Tribal governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on hemp growth and
the sale of hemp products – however, they cannot interfere with the interstate transport of hemp or
hemp products. We are hopeful that local and state officials will follow Congress’ lead, as well as the
statements and resolutions of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) that declare, after intense scientific scrutiny, that CBD is safe, non-toxic, and
non-addictive.
• The FDA continues to exercise jurisdiction over the regulation of ingestible and topical hemp
products. We applaud the agency’s continued efforts to crack down on bad actors who undermine
the industry through misguided marketing claims. And while we are concerned about non-binding
statements made by the FDA that have led some state and local officials to question the legality of
the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD, we are hopeful that we can work with the agency to clarify that
CBD – which their own scientists concluded has no abuse potential and does not pose a risk to public
health – should not be withheld from Americans who count on it for their health and wellness.
SECTION BY SECTION

Section 7129 (p. 313): Includes hemp in USDA’s supplemental and alternative crops programs.
Section 7501 (p. 338): Includes hemp in USDA’s critical agricultural materials programs.
Section 7605 (p. 347): Orders the USDA Secretary to prepare a report on the 2014 Farm Bill pilot
program, and then repeals that program one year after the new permanent hemp program is created.
Section 10113 (p. 429): The guts of the new permanent legalization regime:
• Section 297A (p. 429) Defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including
“derivatives,” “extracts” and “cannabinoids” and permits hemp production in all states and territories.
• Section 297B (a)-(d) (p. 429) Empowers states and Tribes to submit plans to USDA to implement
a permanent hemp growing program. Requires information gathering, testing, inspection and disposal procedures. The USDA Secretary must sign off on, or reject, the plan within 60 days, and consult with the
Attorney General. The Secretary can later audit state programs and work with the states to develop
corrective action plans where there is noncompliance.
• Section 297B(e)(p. 431): Orders states and Tribes to develop procedures to address violations, including
corrective action in the case of negligence.
• Section 297B(e)(3)(B) (p. 432): Individuals who commit drug felonies cannot participate in state or Tribal
growth programs for 10 years following the date of their conviction. However, participants in the 2014 Farm
Bill pilot programs are grandfathered in to participate in permanent programs despite any prior felony
committed.
• Section 297C (p. 432): States and Tribes are required to maintain information on lands where hemp is grown
and testing, enforcement, inspection and disposal procedures. The USDA Secretary must collect such
information to be accessible in real time to local, state and federal law enforcement.
• Section 297D (p. 434): The USDA Secretary is required to promulgate guidelines and regulations and submit
an annual report to Congress on the program’s implementation.
• Section 297D(c)(p. 434): Nothing in the new law affects the FDA’s authority under the Food, Drug and
Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act.
Section 10114 (p. 435): Nothing in the act prohibits the interstate commerce of hemp, nor can States or Tribes prohibit
the transportation of hemp or hemp products through their territory.
Title XI (p. 439): Hemp farmers are made eligible for crop insurance, and marketability requirements for the crop
insurance program can be waived.
Section 12619 (p. 540): Hemp is removed from the definition of “marihuana,” and THC found in hemp is excluded from
the definition of a controlled substance.
Key notes from the Conference Report Managers’ Summary:
p. 738: The Managers note that “state and Tribal governments are authorized to put more restrictive parameters on the
production of hemp, but are not authorized to alter the definition of hemp or put in place policies that are less
restrictive.”
p. 738: The Managers note that the USDA Secretary must consult with the Attorney General regarding approval of state
or Tribal plans, but “the Managers intend that the final decision to be made by the Secretary.” States or Tribes can
appeal or resubmit plans that are rejected or revoked.
p. 739: Any drug felonies committed after the permanent program begins will ban participants from participating,
regardless of whether they participated in the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program.
p. 739: The USDA Secretary must make program information accessible in real time to law enforcement, and is
encouraged to develop a memorandum of understanding to define the parameters of this information sharing.

p. 739: “While states and Indian tribes may limit the production and sale of hemp and hemp products within their
borders, the Managers, in Section 10122, agreed to not allow such states and Indian tribes to limit the transportation or
shipment of hemp or hemp products through the state or Indian territory.”

Hemp Seed Lemon Herb Quinoa Recipe

Served warm or cold, high protein healthy snack.

hemp seed lemon herb quinoa recipe
hemp seed lemon herb quinoa recipe

 

  • 1cup Quinoa, dry
  • 2cups Water, cold
  • 1cup Green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4cup Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4cup Shelled hemp seeds
  • 2tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1teaspoon Maple syrup
  • 1/4teaspoon Sea salt (plus a little extra)
  • 1dash Black pepper

 

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa in a mesh strainer with cold water. Transfer to a pot and add the 2 cups cold water and a nice pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, and leave the lid of the pot slightly ajar while cooking. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until quinoa is plump, the water is absorbed, and you see the tiny little outer “shells” of the quinoa grain coming loose in the pot.
  3. Remove quinoa from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes or so. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  4. While quinoa is cooking, boil fresh or frozen peas till warm and tender. Drain and set aside.
  5. Mix quinoa, peas, basil, and hemp seeds in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and black pepper. Pour over the quinoa salad mixture, and serve warm or cold.

Hemp Seed Tabouli Recipe

Tabouli with a high-protein twist! A tasty raw summer dish that doesn’t require any cooking and comes together in less than 10 minutes. Serve best with Crackers and hummus for a mezze platter.

  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I used 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 4 medium yellow vine or Jersey tomatoes, chopped (I used 2-3 large red tomatoes)
  • 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

1. In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, process the parsley, mint, and sea salt until minced.2. Transfer the herbs and salt to a large mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes, hemp seeds, hemp oil, and lemon juice.

Strawberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

Hemp Seed Smoothie featuring ever so delicious strawberries. Low dose of CBD and all the benefits of hemp seed in your diet. A tasty treat.

Strawberry hemp seed smoothie
Strawberry hemp seed smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic milk (or milk alternative if you prefer)
  • 1 cup organic vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup other frozen berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2-3 pitted dates for added sweetness (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until a slush forms.
  2. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Enjoy!

What Are Hemp Seeds Good For?

What are they?

Hemp seeds are in the seed/nut family, and have a nutty flavor and crunchy texture, kind of like flax or chia.

What’s so healthy about hemp?

Hemp seeds are a great plant source of protein and healthy fat, and are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Some people claim to have more energy and improved digestion after adding hemp seeds to their diet (probably because of the fiber, protein, and healthy fat content).

Should I start eating hemp?

If you’re a vegetarian or just trying to eat more plant-based proteins, give hemp seeds a try. They are especially good for people who like to sprinkle a little crunch on top of their yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal or salads. Definitely worth working into your nut & seed rotation.

Are there any reasons not to eat hemp?

Like all nuts and seeds, hemp seeds are a dense source of calories and fat. Two tablespoons has about 85 calories and 7 grams of fat (the heart-healthy kind of fat), so while they are healthy, I don’t recommend you sprinkle hemp seeds on everything you eat. But if you replace some of the less-healthy fats in your diet with any nuts/seeds – hemp included – you’ll be doing your body a favor.

What can I do with these little seeds?

Sprinkle them on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and salad. Add them to granola, baked goods, or bread. Here are tons of delicious and unique recipe ideas using hemp.

Hemp Seed No Bake Brownie Recipe

Hemp seed brownies. You can add cbd to this but you really dont need to. You will be getting a low dose of CBD with the hemp seeds in the brownie recipe. There is less CBD in the seeds, but it will help keep you healthy and give you a good treat.

  • 2 1/2 cups dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water plus 1 tsp, if needed

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted and slightly cooled

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil. Line with parchment paper.
  2. Place dates, hemp seeds, walnuts, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and water into bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, stopping occasionally to wipe down sides.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Press down into pan in an even layer using a piece of parchment. The “batter” will be sticky.
  4. In a small bowl, combine chocolate ganache frosting ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Spread frosting over brownie layer. Place baking pan in freezer for at least two hours until set.
  6. Remove brownies from pan using parchment flaps and cut into small squares on a cutting board. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.