HB 1581 was first introduced in the House in early January and is currently awaiting action in the Commerce and Consumer Affairs committee. This otherwise good bill expressly limits the sale of products containing hemp-derived CBD to products manufactured in the state of New Hampshire. This protectionist trade restriction is potentially unconstitutional, and there is no justification for the exclusive use of New Hampshire-sown hemp in terms of safety – the remainder of the statute already ensures that strict regulatory guidelines will be followed. `Most significantly, any short-term advantages secured by existing large New Hampshire farm operations could ultimately backfire against smaller in-state farmers if such a provision becomes a precedent across the country and a trade war escalates. Further, especially since New Hampshire’s hemp farming industry is not yet mature, New Hampshire retailers and consumers would be impaired by the denial of access to safe, legal products they wish to sell and purchase. New Hampshire Hemp Supporters are encouraged to use our State Action Center to urge state legislators to amend HB 1581 and allow for the sale of safe, legal, out-of-state hemp products.