Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC.
About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division, which oversees the program.
Growers in other states have had issues managing the THC content of hemp plants, with crops from Hawaii to Nebraska also testing too high.
“At 40%, that’s off the charts,” Sully Sullivan, executive director of the Hemp Industry Trade Association of Arizona, said of the state’s THC findings.
“I’m taken aback by that. That’s substantial.”
The state’s agriculture department tested hemp plants for THC levels before harvesting started in late 2019.