Hemp hemp horray, it's legal!
The era of hemp and CBD confusion is over!
The 2018 Farm Bill has passed.
What does this mean for you and our farmers?
Hemp is now permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity and is no longer mistaken for marijuana.
By redefining hemp to include its "extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives," Congress has removed hemp products (such as CBD) from the CSA.
This means the DEA no longer has any possible claim to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products.
While State and Tribal governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on hemp or hemp products, they can't interfere with the interstate transport.
Hemp farmers may now finally access needed crop insurance and may fully participate in the USDA programs for certification and competitive grants. This is a huge win for farmers.
The FDA continues to exercise jurisdiction over the regulation of ingestible and topical hemp products.
CBD derived from hemp is now clearly legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. However, CBD derived from marijuana is still not legal on the federal level, nor are CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC.
As a board member of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, we'll continue to watch for updates and let you know of any significant concerns.
Thank you to the US Hemp Roundtable for providing a summary of the Farm Bill as it relates to hemp. If you're interested in getting updates first-hand, sign up here to become a hemp supporter (you will be redirected to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable website).
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