Pa. opens labs for hemp testing

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Hemp is an annual broadleaf plant with a taproot and is capable of rapid growth under ideal growing conditions. Plants grown for fiber will grow to 6-12 feet tall. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health announced a new partnership to make Pennsylvania’s six medical marijuana testing laboratories available to the agriculture industry for testing hemp crops for THC levels.

For the 2020 growing season, Pennsylvania has 510 farms growing approximately 3,000 acres of hemp. Every hemp lot in Pennsylvania is required to be sampled and tested to show a THC level at or below 0.3%. Anything above that level is considered marijuana.

Prior to the availability of medical marijuana laboratories for hemp growers, 13 in-state and out-of-state labs were available to hemp growers for required potency testing. As growers are nearing harvest season, the Department of Health’s medical marijuana laboratories add capacity during a critical, short window of time.

For more about Pennsylvania’s hemp program, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

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