If you are confused on the whole hemp legalization thing, you are not alone.
In this post, we are bringing you the most recent news regarding the legalization of hemp farming in the United States.
Wait a minute. What is hemp, and what does it have to do with CBD?
Hemp is the strain of the cannabis plant which contains copious amounts of beloved CBD. CBD has been helping people and pets everywhere by relieving symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation, mood disorders, lack of appetite, and more. CBD can come in a variety of great products, such as quality CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, vapes, and more.
In short, hemp is our friend, and doesn’t just help cover our CBD needs. Hemp can greatly reduce our carbon footprint by replacing plastics, paper, building materials, clothing, and more. Not to mention, the crop is great for nourishing soil, further benefiting crops and agriculture all around.
That said, let’s get to the status of hemp farming:
Thanks to a vote from the U.S. Senate, the new and improved Farm Bill, labeled the Farming Act of 2018, would allow for legal cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp.
Here is what happened:
U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky lobbied for the United States Senate to pass legislation to end hemp prohibition in the Spring of 2018, and he succeeded, allowing farmers across the nation to cultivate as much hemp as they please, legally.
This will be a serious game-changer for farmers across the U.S. According to the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, industrial hemp would be viewed, and regulated, the same way an agricultural crop is, meaning that it has been removed from the Schedule 1 drug category of the Controlled Substances Act.
This is a major breakthrough for the CBD industry, and a significant improvement from the 2014 Farm Bill that was signed by President Obama. The 2014 Farm Bill legalized the growing of hemp for research purposes only, allowing institutions like state departments and universities to legally grow and cultivate the hemp plant. However, no one else was really allowed to legally grow and cultivate hemp.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018
Now, the proposed Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is classifying hemp ingredients (including CBD) as an agricultural commodity, removing any previous roadblocks to the growth of the highly beneficial hemp plant across the United States.
What does this mean?
Since the bill has been passed, hemp formulated into food and beverages is now considered agricultural ingredients. This constitutes CBD as an agricultural commodity, opening up a whole new world for farmers, manufacturers, medical professionals, and consumers.
If the U.S. House of Representatives joins the senate in passing the legalization of hemp farming across the United States, we could see a true agricultural revolution. This could lead to more effective farming and production methods, and could potentially lower the cost of CBD and hemp products.
To date, 34 states have defined industrial hemp as “distinct and removed barriers” to its production, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Want Some More Good CBD News?
The FDA has approved the first cannabis-derived prescription medication for epilepsy. This approval is a major stride in the CBD industry, and federal agencies are reportedly on schedule to remove CBD from the Schedule 1 drug status at the federal level. In translation, this CBD pharmaceutical would then be legally sold nationwide.
- The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was proposed to successfully remove hemp from Schedule I controlled substances, making it an ordinary agricultural commodity.
- This is a major breakthrough for the CBD industry, and removed any previous roadblocks to the growth of the highly beneficial hemp plant across the United States.
- Although CBD is legal, certain restrictions on it can vary by state.
- CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce the “high” that is associated with the consumption of cannabis.
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