Todd M. Smith, a senior policy adviser to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, was arrested last week on charges of trading cash for hemp licenses. Smith accepted $ 55,000 as part of the program, according to an arrest warrant affidavit received from The Texas Tribune. In recent years, hemp has been seen as an emerging cash crop in the state. As part of the cannabis family, hemp plants are rich in CBD, the chemical component used to treat various health ailments such as anxiety, pain, insomnia, and seizures. In 2019, industrial hemp growing was legalized in Texas, where the annual cost of a grower license starts at $ 100. Smith and unnamed accomplices allegedly asked for $ 150,000 to guarantee a license. Miller, who is currently suing the federal government claiming the recently passed Biden COVID-19 relief plan discriminates against white farmers and ranchers, told the Tribune he had “no idea” of the alleged wrongdoing.