The growing and production of hemp has had a confusing history. Right now, possessing hemp or CBD will violate no current or past laws. This is due to the fact that it contains less than 0.3% THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
The biggest issue we have seen in the hemp community is how or why hemp is grown. The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow hemp under a state pilot program or for academic research. The 2018 Farm Bill, however, will allow hemp production without restriction.
2018 Politics on Hemp
Hemp has become a bipartisan issue in 2018. It is being overwhelmingly supported, possibly due to the fact that it is a huge cash crop for US farmers.
Previous to this, the state that the hemp is being grown in must have active pilot programs, cultivating and researching hemp under the guidelines.
2018 Politics on CBD
CBD is a less clear issue. The 2014 Farm Bill states that “phytocannabinoids from hemp are legal to produce and ship across state lines.” However, it is argued that Farm Bill growers such as Oregon Valley Farms are not able to sell it.
The 2018 Farm Bill has changed this legal dead end for hemp growers. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will remove hemp from the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act, thereby legalizing the production and sale of CBD nationally.
In 2018, Hemp Farmers are Treated Like Other Farmers
Hemp will begin to be treated like any other agricultural commodities. The new legislation will make hemp a mainstream crop. This means that aside from some regulations, farmers have more freedom in growing and harvesting the plant.
CBD is Made Legal – Under Specific Circumstances
Hemp-derived products like CBD no longer has Schedule 1 status. The only caveat is that the CBD must be grown within the regulations of the Farm Bill.
Regulations aside, we predict that CBD will become more readily available.
Buying CBD Online
While you may be well aware of how easy it is to buy CBD-based products online, it’s not all on the up-and-up. As stated above, the CBD must be derived from hemp that is grown within the Farm Bill regulations.
Most companies will not announce how or where their hemp is grown. I think this is more about “why does anyone care” rather than trying to deceive customers. And, at the end of the day, if you are being questioned in a legal manner about your CBD, no one will care that it was harvested legally. There has been instances where people have only gotten out of trouble due to lab testing following a raid.
Legal gray area aside, our research and experience tells us that there are bigger fish to fry. With a growing opioid crisis at hand and the new hemp laws underway, CBD can be bought and sold freely.