Farmer Luis Hummel faces criminal charges after producing a cannabinoid concentrate containing more THC than the legal limit allowed. Hummel’s crop tested below the allowed 0.3% THC before the crop was shipped to be extracted. His 2019 hemp crop will be his last and a threat of criminal charges could deter others from wanting to enter the business.
Most CBD processors want a crop containing at least 15% or more of CBD which poses a great risk for that crop also containing more THC than is legally allowed due to the two cannabinoids being so closely related. In order to grow strains containing this amount of CBD also causes a necessity for there to be a high-THC stain in the genetic lineage. With genetics being a primary cause of hot crops – growing hemp becomes a large gamble with more than just money.