There are a lot of things you can buy in Texas, guns, fireworks, even a pet tiger. It almost seems as though there is not anything you cannot buy in the Lone Star State. However, there is one thing, and it is making waves in the hemp industry.
When Texas opened its hemp program to farmers to apply for licensing in mid-March of 2020, farmers could grow hemp for smokable CBD flower provided they stayed within the set legal boundaries. At the time, there was a ban on the manufacture or processing of smokable hemp products. This included hemp joints, blunts, and vapes. Retailers could purchase smokable hemp products from legal out of state suppliers, including products made with Texas-grown hemp flower.
Then on May 8, 2020, a proposal was published stating, “The manufacture, processing, distribution, or retail sale of consumable hemp products for smoking is prohibited.” Those fifteen words pushed the Texas hemp industry into the national spotlight.
The proposal was met with resistance industry-wide. By this time, many farmers had already put their time and money into a crop designated for smokable CBD flower, including lining up potential buyers. Hemp and Cannabis supporters across the nation voiced their disapproval of the proposal, citing the disruption in the supply chain that had already taken numerous hits from Covid19.
However, the proposal was approved in July 2020 and went into effect on August 2, 2020, leaving many farmers scrambling to find other uses for their crops. Many had to either look for extraction facilities or other outlets in the Lone Star State. Otherwise, they had to look for an out of state buyer for their crop.
While retailers and advocates in the hemp industry are fighting to have the ban overturned, many consumers are wondering where that has left them. If they cannot buy smokable hemp in a brick and mortar store, can they purchase online? As the ban reads, it is illegal for someone to manufacture, process, and sell hemp products instate. However, it says nothing about consumer possession or consumption, leaving consumers able to purchase smokable hemp flower from legal online retailers out of state.
But will packages be seized in the mail? The United States Postal Service considered this and established the following guidelines to avoid confusion.
- The mailer complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning hemp and hemp-derived products.
- The mailer retains records detailing their compliance with all laws (COAs, licenses, or other similar documentation) for no less than two years after the mailing date.
Califloral has made shopping for smokable CBD hemp flower simple for consumers and retailers alike. Detailed information about available hemp flower and up-to-date Certificates of Analysis(COA) are available on our website. Our easy-to-smoke pre-rolls are shipped in scent proof, child-resistant packaging with a copy of the strain’s COA.
With unclear and changing legislation, feeling a little lost is understandable. Califloral is dedicated to helping give consumers peace of mind during these odd times by providing compliant smokable hemp flower while never sacrificing quality. While our hemp joints might not be a tiger, consumers can still purchase our products while remaining within Texas law.