Texas Hemp Industries Association Requests Hemp Be Deemed Critical Infrastructure
The Texas Hemp Industries Association (TXHIA) asks Texas lawmakers and leaders to deem hemp and hemp businesses Critical Infrastructure. The association has issued a statement about the need for hemp growers and processors to continue operating during “shelter-in-place” orders amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The TXHIA statement reads:
Hemp products like hemp grain, hemp seed oil, protein powder, food, beverages, salves, and tinctures can be purchased at grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies that are designated critical infrastructure. Shutting down hemp businesses will not reduce the need for the critical products many customers have grown to rely on to aid a multitude of different, human and animal, related health issues (epilepsy, MS, Parkinson, arthritis, pain, anxiety, sleep). Shutting down hemp businesses will increase the risk of greater infection for those that will be going to high traffic, overburdened, grocery stores to seeking these products. Our small business members know our customers and can quickly, effectively, and safely provide customers with beneficial products by implementing social distancing protocols like other critically important businesses.
If a store focused on selling bananas and other foods and beverages, those business wouldn’t be shut down in this situation. We request that our business members be treated like all other critically designated grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies.
The Texas Hemp Industries has over 200 members in the state and been a primary stakeholder participating in the creation of Texas HB 1325, that removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) and designated this crop as an agriculture commodity. Hemp products are not considered adulterants and should remain allowed for sale for human and animal consumption like all other critical agricultural commodities.
The Texas Hemp Industries Association is a state chapter of the Hemp Industries Association 501(c)6 non-profit, which serves as a trade association for industrial hemp.