According to CBS News, on August 3nd, 2020, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) gave announcement its new program to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail sale of consumable hemp products. It’s called the Consumable Hemp Program, an initiative stemming from the signing into law of House Bill 1235 to regulate and legalize the products deriving from the hemp crop in the state of Texas. The bill had the support of U.S. Senator Charles Perry. As of now, applications are open for consumable hemp product licenses and retailer registrations.
This program structures a “consistent regulatory framework” for consumable hemp goods that are produced or sold in Texas, according to Stephen Pahl, DSHS Associate Commissioner for Consumer Protection. The agency put in all possible efforts together with the stakeholders, in order to put in place rules that ensured transparency for license and registration holders. Since the day of its announcement, this license is required in the state of Texas; it has a cost of 258$ per production facility and a 12-month long validity. Entrepreneurs interested in the sale of consumable hemp products, whether or not these contain cannabinoids, are required register each point of sale before October 3rd, 2020. The price of this registration is $155 for each outlet, and also holds a 12-month validity.
The DSHS will also perform random testing of consumable hemp products. Products could be tested for heavy metals, harmful pathogens, pesticides, residual solvents and THC levels, for which the limit has been set at 0,3%.