The new Farm Bill has passed, and it legalized hemp-derived products. What’s more, hemp-derived products are no longer classified as a Schedule I substance. As far as state regulations go, there is still quite a bit to work out; however, C Beyond Health is here to help you understand what you need to know to make the best decision possible when buying CBD products for your life. C Beyond Health offers advanced, pharmaceutical-grade CBD products, which utilize hemp-derived CBD at affordable prices so that you can find natural pain relief. For most, buying CBD can be somewhat nerve-wracking online because they do not know where the products are being sourced. At C Beyond Health, we are 100-percent transparent, sourcing our products consciously and naturally. You deserve the absolute best in CBD products, and we deliver it to you. As the market floods with CBD companies from all across the nation, there will be a period of growth, but it will level out just as any other industry has when an influx of suppliers joins the market. What’s interesting about CBD, however, is that it’s a product that not just anyone can source and sell. This is why it’s super important that you understand how your CBD products are sourced, manufactured, shipped, and sold. Now more than ever, you need to understand CBD, the market, and the experience you want with your products. In this article, C Beyond Health will be covering what we know about the Farm Bill and how that affects your life as a CBD consumer.
How the Law Defines Hemp
To add some background, the legislation defined hemp as the cannabis plant — the same one that produces marijuana. Technically, hemp and marijuana are in the same plant family called Cannabaceae (Cannabis), but they are classified in different genus’. This means that hemp and marijuana are different. Back to the legislation’s definition, there is one key difference that makes hemp legal and marijuana not legal: hemp-derived products cannot contain more than 0.03 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical associated closely with getting people “high” after smoking marijuana. Simply, hemp can only be produced if it won’t get someone high after consuming it.
What’s interesting is that the law did not define hemp and marijuana as two different plants. The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act made both hemp and marijuana illegal in the United States. Now, the new legislation does change how the law defines hemp drastically, but there are still some major misconceptions that need to be addressed before we stop working toward a society with comprehensive laws around legalized hemp, marijuana, and other related chemicals in the Cannabis plant family.
Hemp is Legal in the United States, but It’s Seriously Restricted
Since the initial 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, “industrial hemp” has been allowed in the United States via restricted and limited pilot programs. With the expansion of cannabis demand across the states of the last decade or so, it may seem like hemp and marijuana came out of nowhere, but they’ve been around for millennia used by ancient societies. Now, the Farm Bill of 2018 has expanded the laws and regulations surrounding hemp production, specifically. While it’s still restrictive, the Farm Bill allows for hemp-derived products to be transferred across state lines for commercial and other explicit purposes. The bill also allows the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products as long as they were produced in a manner consistent with the law. What some believe to be true about the Farm Bill completely opened up the market to hemp. While this sounds great, the Farm Bill of 2018 only took us one step closer to comprehensively legalizing of hemp-derived products. Here are the big changes the bill made for hemp:
0.03 THC Content or Less — The hemp-derived products cannot contain more than 0.03 THC content to be legally sourced, manufactured, transported, or sold in the United States.
Significant Shared State and Federal Regulatory Power — According to section 10113 of the Farm Bill, the state department of agriculture is required to consult with the state governor and chief law enforcement officer to devise a plan surrounding the allowance of hemp, which is then required to be submitted to the Secretary of USDA for review. The state can only license and regulate hemp in their state once they submit this plan and then the Secretary of USDA approves it. What’s more, a state can opt to not devise a regulatory plan. The USDA will then develop a hemp regulatory program that hemp cultivators in that state must apply for and get a license to comply with federally-regulated hemp growth.
Outlined Violations of Federal Law — The law outlines what is considered a violation of the law and the potential punishments for these violations. For example, cultivating hemp without a state and/or federal approval (license) can result in punishment. There are also outlined pathways for violators to become compliant if they are initially found to be in violation of the law.While the Farm Bill does legalize hemp, it does not make it as free as some would like. For example, you can grow tomatoes or basil freely without restriction on how much. When it comes to hemp, the freedom to grow as we see fit has moved one step in the right direction, but it’s not entirely free. The regulations and restrictions are still tight.
Hemp Research is of Utmost Importance
The 2014 Farm Bill expanded initiated protection for hemp research. The Farm Bill of 2018 — section 7605 — extends the protection for hemp research from the 2014 Farm Bill, which is a great sign. What’s more, section 7501 included hemp under the Critical Agricultural materials Act, which recognizes the importance, opportunity, and diversity of hemp and what can be derived from it.
CBD Is Legal per Specific Regulations
While many believe that CBD has been legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, this is not entirely accurate. Section 12619 of the Farm Bill removes hemp-derived products from the Schedule I list, however, CBD still remains, in most part, on the Schedule I list under the Controlled Substance Act. Due to the Farm Bill and unrelated moves by the Department of Justice, CBD is relieved of its Schedule I status in certain situations. One exception to CBD legalization is if it’s pharmaceutical-grade CBD products that have been approved by the FDA. This means that you want to look for CBD products of this grade and approval when shopping online.
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