Proposed US Hemp Regulations Worry Farmers and Industry, Why Google is After Millions of Medical Records

Proposed US hemp regulations worry farmers and industry. Why Google is after millions of medical records.

 

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Proposed US hemp regulations worry farmers and industry.

Uncertainty Ahead: A year ago, US lawmakers reclassified hemp as a legal agricultural crop. Hemp growers and entrepreneurs were ecstatic and licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres in 2019 - 450% above 2018 levels.

 

Proposed US Hemp Regulations Worry Farmers and Industry, Why Google is After Millions of Medical Records

 

Now, the US government is drafting regulations for the industry, and businesses are worried Washington will use a heavy hand that could result in many crops failing required tests and being destroyed. In fact, the US Department of Agriculture, the agency writing the rules, estimates 20% of hemp lots would fail under the draft regulations.

 

What's the Worry?: Most of the anxiety surrounds how the government will test THC (a high-inducing compound also found in marijuana, which is illegal) and THCA (a nonpsychoactive component). The government considers plants with less than 0.3% amount of THC to be hemp; anything above that number is banned and growers could be prohibited from growing hemp and/or prosecuted.

 

But the regulation of THC in hemp varies amongst states - some allow concentrations above 0.3%, some don't account for THCA, some allow more harvesting time after THC testing etc. The challenge is to harmonise these diverse regulations into a rule-book acceptable to all. AP

 

Why Google is after millions of medical records.

Mad for Meds: The king of the search engine industry is eyeing the healthcare market. Google has struck partnerships with some of largest hospital systems and most-renowned health-care providers in the US, many of them vast in scope and few of their details previously reported. In just a few years, the company has achieved the ability to view or analyse tens of millions of patient health records in at least three-quarters of U.S. States, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of contractual agreements. Click here to read more.

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