A legislative conference committee has voted to accept amendments proposed by the Attorney General’s Office on House Bill 1045, which relates to hemp growth in the state.

Tara Brandner, assistant attorney general, told the conference committee that her office has seen a misuse of hemp in the state due to a federal loophole in the law.

“The purpose of the amendments is essentially to address the inconsistencies that Delta-8 THC is a legal substance,” she said.

Brandner said the amendment is aimed at cleaning up the federal law to prevent the loophole from being exploited in North Dakota.

The amendment still allows for the agriculture commissioner to determine the level of THC, but changes the definition to total THC rather than a specific compound. Delta-9 THC is the compound found in marijuana, which can get users high. Previously the bill only referred to Delta-9 THC as a regulation level.

 

Brandner said this is because there…

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