The Arbitrary Legal Line That Separates Hemp & Marijuana

Attorney Patrick Goggin of Hoban Law Group, who has experience in litigation concerning the difference between hemp and marijuana, says that he believes the 0.3 percent THC limit is not a suitable legal definition for hemp.

“It seems like it is pretty much pulled out of air,” Goggin says. “We ought to be looking to science to determine an appropriate threshold.”

Goggin notes that the European Union lowered their THC limit in hemp to 0.2 percent in 1999 because of pressure from French producers who sought to retain their market share as such major producers as Hungary moved to join the EU.

“There was no science,” Goggin says. “It was based on some group’s effort to get a more competitive advantage. It was capitalist.”