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Last updated 3/20/2019 at 7:54am

How do law enforcement officers distinguish between hemp and marijuana?

Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris provided the following response: We have field test kits that confirm the presence of the active drug in marijuana, Tetrahydro cannabinol (THC).

Some hemp does have the same characteristics as marijuana.

Hemp also has a smaller amount of THC, so most hemp will field test positive for THC. There are more sophisticated lab tests that will distinguish the actual THC content, which is the primary difference in hemp and marijuana.

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