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CBD Users May Flunk Drug Tests
A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that about half of the subjects who used hemp-derived CBD oil for one month tested positive for THC metabolites.
“It is often assumed individuals using hemp-derived products will test negative for THC,” wrote researchers. “[Our] results indicate this may not be true, especially if assays are more sensitive than advertised, …including loss of employment and legal or treatment ramifications, despite the legality of hemp-derived products.”
The 14 adults tested were using a hemp-derived CBD oil that provided an average daily dose of almost 35mg of CBD to less than 1mg of THC. After four weeks, THC was detected in urine screens of seven participants.
The CBD product used in the test had an effective 0.02% THC by weight. By US law, CBD products may have THC as a high as 0.3%, or 15 times more THC.
Wisconsin Governor Touts Marijuana Legalization for State Budget
Bordered by two legal states and one medical one, the governor of Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers is criticizing Republican lawmakers for thwarting progress on marijuana reform.
Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentine, the governor said that adult-use legalization was on the table—despite facing opposition from the legislature over more modest cannabis proposals in the past.
Marijuana Moment reports that Evers criticized the legislature for failing to act on the more incremental reforms at the beginning of the year, citing overwhelming public support for medical cannabis legalization.
While Wisconsin does allow for medical use of low-THC CBD oil, possession of even one gram of marijuana is a misdemeanor with up to six months in jail and cultivating even one cannabis plant is a felony worthy of 3.5 years in prison.
Mississippi Attorney General Defends New Medical Marijuana Amendment
The attorney general in Mississippi is defending his states’ new marijuana amendment from a court challenge.
In Mississippi, the new medical marijuana law is being challenged by the mayor of Madison on procedural grounds. Under Mississippi law, “signatures of the qualified electors from any congressional district shall not exceed one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of signatures required to qualify an initiative petition for placement upon the ballot.”
That law was written when Mississippi had five congressional districts. Since reapportionment, it is down to four, making it impossible for the districts to each supply a limit of 20% of the required signatures while garnering 100% of the signatures needed statewide.
The attorney general argues that while Mississippi is down to four districts for congressional elections, the state still recognizes five districts under state law, which would be the guiding principle for determining signature thresholds.
South Dakota Attorney General Defends New Marijuana Legalization Amendment
Meanwhile in South Dakota, Marijuana Moment also reports that the attorney general there is defending the state’s new marijuana legalization in court.
Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and state Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller are claiming that the recreational marijuana measure violates a “single subject” rule for ballot initiatives.
“It is inconsequential that Amendment A deals with recreational marijuana, medical marijuana and hemp separately,” the attorney general writes to the court. “They are all part of the same ‘group or class’ – cannabis. In other words: cannabis is cannabis is cannabis; just like corn is corn is corn.”
In a separate brief to the court, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, which ran the campaign to pass the legalization measure, argued that, as state officials, the two law enforcement officials are precluded from suing in the first place.
Economists Predicts Growth in Hemp as Animal Feed
According to researchers at Whitney Economics, by 2025 only one-sixth of the hemp crops planted in the US will be harvested for CBD uses, while crops planted as grain feed for livestock should increase to two-thirds of all US hemp production.
Roughly a half-million acres of hemp are farmed in the US, down about 27,000 acres from 2019, even as the number of farmers increased. Without clear regulations on hemp products from the FDA and lacking the insurance options farmers of other crops enjoy, some have scaled back or ended their hemp farming due to harvesting costs.
Currently, over four out of five hemp plants are grown for CBD uses, and just one in eight is grown for animal feed.