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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Congress to legalize industrial hemp.
The effort is one of the many provisions contained within the U.S. Farm Bill, and Miller believes it could greatly benefit Texas farmers.
“It’s more of an alternative crop. It gives the farmers one more tool to make their financial decisions. It would be great for crop rotation,” Miller said.
Miller said because of its low THC content, you can’t get high from hemp and the bill would not allow for commercial marijuana to be grown in Texas.
State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill on Monday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Texas House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 63, was submitted by Moody on the first day of the pre-filing period for the 2019 legislative session.
If passed, “a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana [sic] in an amount that is one ounce or less does not commit an offense but is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $250,” according to the text of the bill.
Most likely hemp will get legalize in Texas in 2019