Hemp is booming in Texas. Distinguishing it from marijuana is still a challenge.

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FILE – This March 22, 2019 file photo shows a bud on a marijuana plant at Compassionate Care Foundation’s medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017, according to data from Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and market […]

Hemp is booming in Texas. Distinguishing it from marijuana is still a challenge.” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Last year, Texas lawmakers legalized hemp. Now, hemp and products with CBD, its main derivative, can be found in stores throughout the state.

But the hemp law also complicated enforcement of marijuana laws. The legal definition of the drug changed from the cannabis plant to cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC, the compound in the plant that produces a high. That definition change left prosecutors, police and crime labs scrambling to find a way to distinguish legal hemp from pot.

The Texas Tribune took a look at what has happened under the new law, and what it may mean for Texas’ future.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/02/24/marijuana-hemp-texas-video/.

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