Aimed Alliance Submits Comment to U.S. Agriculture in Response to Hemp Rule

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On Jan. 6, 2020, Aimed Alliance submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule, which establishes a domestic hemp production program to be managed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). In this comment, Aimed Alliance voices support for the agency’s approach to limiting the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that can be found in domestic hemp products. Limiting levels of THC in domestic hemp is important because specific subsets of consumers, including pregnant and nursing women, children, consumers in recovery, and cannabis-naïve individuals, can suffer adverse consequences if they unknowingly consume THC in downstream consumer products made from hemp. Aimed Alliance also expressed support for the interim final rule’s sampling and testing provisions that ensure domestic hemp does not contain THC levels in excess of the limit along with provisions requiring laboratories to be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to complete the required laboratory analysis. Aimed Alliance reiterated concerns about THC levels found in over-the-counter consumer products and how these products currently lack oversight.

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