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late in the USDA's 30-day testing
window and then testing those
strains early in the 30-day window.
" You can manipulate a plant
to not express THCA while it's in
that production phase but then to
express it once it's in the hands of
the retailers, " Urness said. " At the
retail stage, you're OK with THCA. "
Plant scientist Av Singh
concurred, noting studies have
found that THC concentration
increases later in the flowering
period. Therefore, businesses
looking to sell federally compliant
THCA flower want to test their crop
as early as possible before harvest.
Because finding and growing
hemp to be advertised as federally
compliant THCA flower is so
difficult, Power Biopharms, a hempderived
cannabinoid company in
Euless, Texas, doesn't do it.
" We as a cultivator have elected
not to grow our own THCA flower
because I have not found a strain
that's on the approved list that
would test appropriately and finish
within the appropriate amount
of time, " said Power Biopharms
CEO Colt Power, referring to a list
of strains approved by the Texas
Department of Agriculture. " Is it
possible? I think so. But I am not
privy to either the right strains or
how to get them added to the
list-or, potentially, how to modify
our practices to be compliant. "
Power added: " For hemp flower
to be compliant at the cultivation
level in Texas the total THC
content-including the delta-9 THC
content plus the estimated additional
delta-9 THC if decarboxylated-must
be below 0.3%. Once you get to the
retail level, you're held to a different
potency standard. You have to just
be below 0.3% delta-9 THC, and the
THCA is not factored in. "
While Power currently isn't
comfortable growing cannabis
to be sold as federally compliant
Will Nething, CEO of The Dispensary, films a
segment with Wisconsin state Sen. Melissa Agard.
Photo courtesy of The Dispensary
THCA flower, he is comfortable
buying it from out-of-state growers,
selling it to Texans as well as online
and shipping it to consumers
nationwide.
" As a farmer and supplier, we
wholesale high-CBD, type-II hemp
flower to other states, " Power said.
" For cultivation of high-THCA,
type-I hemp flower, there are other
states that have more favorable
laws and regulations, and that's
where we source the THCA from
that we put into the market. It's not
a problem at all, as long as you have
the appropriate third-party lab tests
for the products that check all the
boxes at the retail level. "
Cultivators deliver the THCA
flower to Power Biopharms'
warehouse in Texas, and then the
company packages the branded
products and ships them out.
" People from all over the country
are buying our products, " said Kim
Flores, Power Biopharms' business
development manager who is
known as The Hemp Housewife on
social media and whose brand is in
the Power Biopharms portfolio.
CRACKING DOWN ON THCA
While many hemp-derived
cannabis businesses believe federal
law is on their side, lawmakers in
some states have become alarmed
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