The 2018 Farm Bill makes the cultivation of the hemp plant legal for medical purposes. Before that, in legislation it was categorised as a cannabis plant even though it contains only 0.3% of psychotropic THC. So, for many years it remained illegal as it was not differentiated from other types of cannabis plants that had higher THC levels like the marijuana. Hence, it was first made illegal with Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and again formally in 1970 under the controlled substances act banning all types of cannabis derivatives. As a result of this extended illegal status of cannabis derived products, the common question among CBD consumers is “Is CBD legal?”
The Farm Bill Of 2018
With this hemp plant can be cultivated broadly and not restricted to smaller pilot programs, it also permits transport of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial purposes. Besides, there are no restrictions on sale, possession and transportation of these items as long as they are produced according to the guidelines set by the Farm Bill of 2018.
The most important point of these guidelines is that the hemp derived product’s THC content must be less than 0.3%. Anything that has more than this amount will be considered non-hemp cannabis under the federal law and possessing it you are not eligible for legal protection. The other major provision in the guidelines of the 2018 farm bill is that apart from federal regulations, the legality is also significantly determined by state regulations. So, it is a shared federal-state regulatory power regarding the cultivation of hemp plants requiring the approval of USDA. The states agricultural department must consult with the chief law enforcement officer and the state governor to formulate a plan that is to be submitted to USDA for approval. Only after the submitted plan has been approved, a state can licence and regulate the cultivation.
The third important point of the US farm bill of 2018 is regarding the violation of federal CBD regulations like the cultivation or possession of cannabis or CBD products containing more than 0.3% of THC. So, the most important information that anyone must check when buying any type of CBD products is its THC content to avoid legal trouble.
The Benefit Of Farm Bill Of 2018
With the federal level legalisation of hemp cultivation it protects the conditions for hemp research and includes it under critical agricultural materials act. This is a major tenet of the farm bill of 2018 as it recognises the importance of hemp plant regarding its medical benefits.
The federal CBD regulations under the Farm Bill of 2018 have opened a new chapter in the use of hemp derived compounds like CBD in medical applications.