By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist:
It’s a hot button question for anyone looking to explore the world of CBD usage: Is CBD legal, and if it is, where?
Is CBD legal in my state?
The short and unfortunately confusing answer is this: Kind of.
The legalities of CBD can be tricky. Technically, the Farm Bill which was signed by President Trump on December 20, 2018, made CBD and hemp legal in the United States.
The Farm Bill and what it means
Before the Farm Bill, hemp was considered an illegal substance by the Justice Department. CBD also feel under the restrictions of the Controlled Substances Act. Currently, the Department of Agriculture manages hemp crop growth, so CBD is no longer considered a controlled substance.
Essentially, this bill legalized the growing and transportation of cannabis-related products, including CBD oil, on a federal level. The requirements currently are that the hemp being grown and transported must contain less than 0.3% of that famous and controversial cannabinoid, Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol ( or THC).
This means that broad-spectrum CBD is technically legal federally, but it gets stickier when you’re talking full-spectrum products.
But is CBD legal in my state?
The unfortunate fact is that individual states still have the final word on cannabis products and if they’re legal to grow and purchase within state lines. We will always recommend checking on your individual state’s current laws before making the decision to purchase or consume CBD.
If you live in one of those states that still classifies full-spectrum CBD as illegal, you cannot legally purchase or use CBD oil, so it’s important to educate yourself. As the stigma around CBD and cannabis continues to disappear and more research is done, this could change. Many states laws differ greatly from each other, and many are changing rapidly.
The bottom line: Do your homework!
Cherney, Max A. “Hemp is now legal in the U.S., so what does that mean for pot companies?” Market Watch. 23 December 2018.