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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Smokable Hemp

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Last week Friday, Supreme Court judges in Texas upheld a previous ruling that banned all forms of Smokable Hemp in the state. This rule will force companies manufacturing Smokable Hemp in Texas to close down or move their operations to other states. The decision, which was made unanimously, overruled a previous ruling made by a lower court that argued that the ban was unconstitutional. In 2019, four companies have moved to court to challenge the Department of Health’s decision to ban smokable Hemp in Texas. The lower court had ruled in favor of the companies, stating that the ban was indeed unconstitutional.

The Agricultural Act of 2018 was a win for hemp in America as the crop was removed from schedule A and was reclassified as “any other agricultural commodity.” This made hemp legal at the federal level. Soon after, individual states began rolling out hemp programs to direct the production and sale of hemp within their jurisdictions.

In the U.S, hemp is classified as cannabis sativa with less than 0.3% THC. Since THC is the compound that makes marijuana psychoactive, hemp does not have any psychoactive properties.

Research has shown that hemp has over 50,000 different uses. This includes the manufacturer of paper, building materials, biofuel, and much more.

Hemp is also loaded with hundreds of bioactive compounds comprised of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that have relaxing and therapeutic potential. Smoking hemp allows users to enjoy some of these benefits without “getting high.”

With this court decision, Texans will lose the right to smoke hemp within the state. The Supreme Court judges ruled that the ban was not unconstitutional because hemp was otherwise illegal before 2019 and therefore banning smokable hemp would in no way jeopardize businesses that had been previously operational.

 

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Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.

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