HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, recently introduced legislation to expand hemp production in Pennsylvania.
SB335, the Industrial Hemp Act, recognizes hemp as an allowable cosmetic ingredient, food, food additive or herb to be regulated as any other food ingredient or food commodity.
“Hemp is a multi-million-dollar industry that is expected to grow,” said the Democratic chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “This legislation will allow farmers continued access to a new market and put them on the same playing field as other states like Colorado that have passed hemp food legislation.”
The bill states that hemp products must not must not contain more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is below the psychoactive threshold. Instead, producers will be able to extract cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound that has nutritional and cosmetic uses and is already being sold in consumable food in Pennsylvania.
“CBD is already here,” Schwank said. “We need to ensure what consumers are buying are clearly labeled quality products.”
The bill has already received support from the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council.
“This is a great start to ensure Pennsylvania is at the forefront of all things hemp,” said Erica McBride-Stark, executive director of the hemp council. “It is another step in Pennsylvania’s commitment to create a world-class hemp industry.”
“Hemp, and products made from it, played a large role in our history, and has immeasurable benefits for the future of our commonwealth,” Schwank said. “I hope my Senate colleagues will recognize this opportunity and move this bill forward.”