Breaking: Texas Health Commissioner to Deschedule Hemp

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Artistic Organics Owners Kellie Kauten & Ed Mahoney Release Statement Regarding the Hemp Descheduling Amendment from Texas Department of State Health Services

March 23, 2019 – Frisco, Texas

As the founders of one of the first CBD retail stores in North Texas, we have been closely watching the momentous regulatory changes taking place all over the country regarding low-THC hemp products. We have seen dozens of our customers experience meaningful health improvements after taking CBD, yet the legal uncertainties are creating fear and anxiety in the marketplace.

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, removing hemp from the federal schedule of controlled substances, was a good start. We applaud Congress for this common-sense legislation, and feel that this was the first needed step to help US consumers truly begin to access non-intoxicating cannabidiol products for wellness and health.

As a Texas-based business and employer, we want to see Texans’ retail dollars staying in Texas. It was disappointing to see our neighbors purchasing products from out of state, due to confusion over the legality of buying CBD in their own city.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been looking closely for over a year at how Texans are using CBD products with low or no THC. We are pleased to see that they have followed in the footsteps of Congress by removing the hemp plant from the DSHS schedules of controlled substances, per the March 15 publication of an amendment to the schedules, issued by DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt.

This descheduling of hemp by DSHS was designed, in their words, to be “consistent with federal law.” This is important for Texas consumers, because it is a clear signal that Texas recommends aligning with the recent federal legislation which allows CBD products of less than 0.03 percent THC to be manufactured, distributed and consumed by Americans.

There are several bills filed in the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, underway now, which would clarify and expressly permit CBD to be purchased and consumed directly as well as in food, cosmetics, and other products. The descheduling of hemp by Texas DSHS is an important step closer to good legislative outcomes.

We support thoughtful policy that protects consumer safety while encouraging wellness in Texas, and we encourage you to contact your state representatives and let them know that you support the right of Texans to take CBD with no THC or with trace amounts as allowed by Congress, and that you request their support for House Bill 1325 and Senate Bill 1240.  Get more information here about how you can advocate as a Texas resident for your right to use CBD products.

You can use this search tool at the Texas Capitol website to find your state senator and representative.

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