Hemp Flower: Is it legal in Texas?
One way Natural Ways CBD sets itself apart from other CBD retailers is by offering our Bud Bar, a place inside our stores where customers can come to buy premium hemp flower in a variety of strains.
New customers usually do a doubletake when they see our Bud Bars.
Our employees enjoy helping them understand that what they are seeing (and what we are selling) is absolutely legal.
First, we’d like to tell you a little more about our Bud Bars and then we’ll dive into the legality of hemp flower.
We have set up our Bud Bar in each store like a traditional cannabis dispensary with sealed, labeled jars of premium hemp flower, a counter with scales, tongs, gloves, and lab reports so customers can be assured that their flower contains what it should and does not contain what it shouldn’t. We top it all off with a welcoming “Budtender” who can answer questions and prepare orders.
Flower may be purchased from us by the gram, 1/8 oz, ¼ oz, ½ oz, ounce, or quarter pound, and we package it in secure lidded plastic containers with labels affixed that show the strain, weight, CBD percentage, and Delta 9-THC percentage. (That last piece of information assures customers that their flower complies with the federal regulation specifying hemp flower must contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.)
Hemp flower can be used in many ways, and customers appreciate its versatility.
What does Texas law say about hemp flower?
The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill federally legalized the commercial production of hemp and authorized states to submit state plans to administer hemp programs. In June 2019, Texas passed House Bill 1325 which authorized the production, manufacture, and retail sale of hemp and hemp-derived products.
Here in Texas, House Bill 1325 authorizes the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products. This also includes consumable hemp products which contain cannabidiol (CBD), as well as other edible parts of the hemp plant. The Texas Department of Agriculture opened the hemp licensing and permit application process online on March 16, 2020.
Hemp flower is legal to grow and consume in the state of Texas.
But before you go getting your shovel and a handful of hemp seeds, read on to understand what this really means. As you might imagine, there’s some paperwork involved!
First, you must have a license. Farmers in Texas are allowed to grow hemp once they apply for and receive a license to do so. All interested farmers must complete an application with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
Then you must register a facility in which the hemp will be grown, AND you have to have a “lot permit.” The lot permit authorizes the license holder to plant one crop of a state-approved hemp variety on one area in Texas. You may have more than one facility and more than one lot within that facility, but each facility and each lot must be registered separately. Each lot can contain only one approved variety of hemp. If you grow more than one strain, you must have a lot permit for each strain.
Once a lot is harvested, the license holder must get a new permit for each lot they plan to grow again. All hemp crops must be tested at the license-holder’s expense before being harvested to ensure they do not contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.
Natural Ways owners applied for and received a license and other required permitting in order to be able to grow a gorgeous, lush green hemp plant from state-approved seeds in each of our stores. We want our customers to experience in person the beauty of natural, live hemp as it grows. The plants also spark conversation among customers, and help them to understand what hemp really is, what it looks like, and where their CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids come from.
(Yes, our staff talks to and sometimes plays music near our plants to encourage them to flourish. Does it help? We don’t know, but it sure doesn’t hurt!)
We love talking about our state-approved hemp grows and answering questions about CBD and other constituents of this incredible plant. If you’re in the Houston area and would like to visit our plants and learn more about the science behind CBD from hemp, we would love to show you around. Take a tour of our flagship store here!
Our stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Our shopping atmosphere is family-friendly and we offer clean, colorful play areas for children at our Sawdust Rd. and Spring-Cypress locations.
Stop by soon and let us help you incorporate CBD into your wellness regimen!