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Hemp and marijuana causing confusion among Oregon State Police, state borders

Trying to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana is nearly impossible to the naked eye.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 4:25 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2019 2:07 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Trying to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana can be very difficult for the naked eye. 

The only way to tell the difference between the two is through lab testing. 

Hemp has .3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or lower. Anything above that is considered marijuana. 

It required to carry registration for hemp, along with the test results for THC levels. This is intended to prove you are carrying hemp and not marijuana.

Trying to determine which is which is causing great confusion for the Oregon State Police. They are having a hard time determining who is breaking the law, and who is not. OSP claims it has also run into issues of people carrying marijuana, but claiming that it is hemp.


CLICK HERE for a recent story about Idaho State Police seizing 7,000 pounds of "cannabis," with owners saying it is hemp.


The Oregon Department of Agriculture says that it has had the same issue at the state borders. 

While there are no longer illegal possession laws for hemp with industrial farming and production now federally legalized, federal restrictions remain in place for marijuana. 

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