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Sheriff's Office: test ready to tell apart marijuana & hemp

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 19:35:40-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Earlier this year, farmers began legally producing hemp crops. When we spoke with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office about a month ago, they told us that they were unable to distinguish between hemp and marijuana based on THC content in their crime lab. Today, they say things have changed.

According to a release from the sheriff's office, they have developed a test which will be used "to confirm that a plant material is marijuana if it contains more than approximately 1% THC."

They say the procedure was developed using Drug Enforcement Agency methods and standards and it uses preexisting equipment which will help keep costs down.

You can read the full release here: Douglas County Hemp vs Marijuana Test Release