Hemp is already federally recognized at less than .03% THC, I don’t see anything new. If that were the case with cannabis I could see the issue but if it’s the hemp industry that concerns you most other states currently follow federal regulations since the Farm Bill of 2018. If Oregon has an intrastate rule allowing over .03% THC to be called hemp then that’s a federal compliance issue and it would level the playing field with other states and federal hemp laws.
I have no problem with a federal change raising the THC levels of Hemp, I support those efforts but I don’t support Oregon hemp producers having an unfair advantage over other hemp producing states who follow the .03 definition of hemp with no movement of products over the limit.
Don’t get me wrong, I support all progressive hemp and cannabis laws and quite frankly don’t like any laws requiring a license to grow or THC caps on either product. Big Hemp has already got too many protective laws carved out, in NC you have to already have a agricultural license and filed a state income tax as a farm for the year(s) prior to applying for a license to grow hemp. Anyone should be able to grow hemp and/or cannabis. When you see proposed laws requiring only sterile feminized hemp and cannabis seeds be planted outdoors you know the fix is in and we are headed that way. In states like Oregon where both are legal to grow cross pollination is the real issue with limits and it cuts both ways. Biomass hemp rarely exceeds .03% THC unless pollinated by cannabis plants or is genetically modified from cannabis plants to hemp flower plants.