A new ASTM International subcommittee has been established to focus on industrial hemp. The group will be part of ASTM’s newly formed cannabis committee.
The subcommittee plans to develop practices and guides relevant to industrial hemp—a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species. Industrial hemp is used for applications including food, natural health products, animal feed, and non-consumable products such as insulation, fabrics, and concrete.
Committee chairman Dr. Ralph M. Paroli, director of R&D in metrology at the National Research Council of Canada, said, “The cannabis committee is excited to expand our existing portfolio and begin developing standards in a new area of need identified by our members.”
Interested parties are encouraged to join the standards developing activities.
The committee on cannabis will next meet on January 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Houston, in Texas.