January 15, 2021 Feature

Hemp or Marijuana? The Importance of Accurate and Reliable Forensic Analysis to the Fair Administration of Justice

By Lynn Garcia and Peter Stout

On December 20, 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalized the industrial production of hemp nationwide while simultaneously removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp was reclassified as an agricultural product, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was charged with publishing regulations to govern the industry. The federal legislation differentiated hemp from marijuana by setting a THC threshold concentration of 0.3 percent.

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