Texas Judge Temporarily Lifts Ban on Smokable Hemp

A lawsuit against the state challenges the ban.

August 21, 2020

A judge in Travis County, Texas, has temporarily lifted the state’s ban on smokable hemp after several companies filed a lawsuit to challenge the new policy.

The temporary restraining order is now in effect through Sept. 2, when litigation will pick up again.

“We applaud the judge’s decision,” Zachary Maxwell, president of Texas Hemp Growers, said in a public statement. “While today’s ruling is not a concrete declaration that the state overstepped its boundaries, it does reinforce the idea that manufacturing, processing and selling smokable hemp products in Texas was perfectly legal prior to the enactment of the rule on Aug. 2.”

Read up on the state ban and the new Texas CBD regulations, which went into effect earlier this month, in this piece from Associate Editor Theresa Bennett.