Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation creating a new Conditional Adult-use Cannabis Cultivator license, establishing a pathway for existing New York hemp farmers to apply for a conditional license to grow cannabis in the 2022 growing season for the forthcoming adult-use cannabis market. Under the law, conditionally licensed cannabis farmers must meet certain requirements, including safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly cultivation practices, participation in a social equity mentorship program, and engagement in a labor peace agreement with a bona fide labor organization.
What exactly is Delta-8?
Delta-8 THC is an isomer of Delta-9 THC, the compound responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects. That means the two are largely the same compound, with slight atomic differences. The vast majority of Delta-8 products aren’t extracted from cannabis. Instead, producers convert plant-derived CBD into Delta-8 THC using a chemical process called isomerization. The process combines CBD with a solvent, acid and heat to cause the reaction that turns CBD into THC.
The market for oils, capsules, body lotions, and other products containing cannabidiol, better known as CBD derived from hemp, has been rapidly growing. But there’s room for further expansion with ingestibles. What the industry needs is for the FDA to take action and classify CBD as a food additive or supplement enabling it to be included in food, beverages and supplements.
A recording of the discussion that Vote Hemp released shows that the undersecretary said enforcement of the provision would simply be delayed for the current planting season.
While USDA is still in the process of developing rules for the crop, it has started accepting state regulatory plans for hemp. Wyoming and Washington State became the latest to have their proposals approved. Previously, USDA accepted regulations from Texas, Nebraska, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio, as well as several tribal plans.
In August, even as attempts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey were sidelined, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation allowing the cultivation, processing and distribution of hemp in the state.
Officials say interest among growers has been high in the state. Fisher said applications for licenses to grow and process hemp will be available online, adding that there’s no preset limit to how many will be handed out.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved New Jersey's plan to allow farmers in the state to begin growing and producing hemp and hemp products. New Jersey, Louisiana and Ohio were the only states given clearance.
State Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher says hemp is used to make rope, building materials, clothing, oils.
"The hemp plant is one of the oldest known plants for commercial use in the world," Fisher said.
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (All R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) commended the State and particularly Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher for quick work on the rules allowing the production of hemp and hemp products in the new year.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture released its rules this week after getting a green light from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sussex County’s legislative representatives recently commended the state and Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher for quick work on the rules allowing the production of hemp and hemp products in the new year.
Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths, all R-24th Dist., sponsored legislation, signed into law in August, paving the way for the production in the Garden State of industrial hemp, a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that is grown specifically for industrial uses.
While the future of recreational marijuana remains unclear in New Jersey, the Garden State will soon legally grow another cannabis plant for hemp. New Jersey is one of the first three states to win approval from the United States Department of Agriculture for hemp production.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved New Jersey's plan for the production and testing of hemp and hemp products, Douglas H. Fisher, the state's agriculture secretary announced Tuesday. New Jersey adopted legislation this summer to allow hemp production.
The approval means New Jersey will be responsible for regulating hemp production within the state. Its Division of Plant Industry will inspect hemp operations, and will test hemp varieties to ensure THC levels are below federal limits.