SURROUNDING HEMP, CBD, and marijuana began with the passage of the 2018
Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. For the first
time since 1970, this made it legal to grow, sell, manufacture, and transport
hemp and hemp-derived products that contain low concentrations of the
psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
problem from a law enforcement perspective is that the only distinguishable difference between legal hemp and illegal marijuana is the
amount of THC they contain. The new law defines hemp and hemp products as those
that contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana products, in contrast, typically
contain between 5 and 30% THC.
assist in sorting out legal and illegal products, Sirchie, LLC
recently announced the company’s new NARK II Hemp/CBD Screening Test. This presumptive
enables law enforcement to test an unknown plant or oil substance to determine
if it contains suspect low levels of THC and is legal hemp or CBD, or if it contains
suspect high levels of THC. If it contains suspect high levels of THC, the
sample is most likely an illegal substance, and merits further testing.
enforcement has relied on qualitative presumptive field tests, like the Duquenois-Levine Reagent,
to test for any presence of THC. However, the legalization of hemp created a
need for officers to be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana
in the field.
The new NARK II Hemp/CBD Screening Test will help law enforcement eliminate
the hassle, embarrassment, and time spent booking or arresting someone for
possession of legal hemp or CBD products.
To learn more, go
to Sirchie.com or call 1-800-356-7311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to a webinar video
on this topic.
Lead image credit: Daoud Alahmad