CBD - It is legal.
Last Updated: 04/24/2019
Wait, is this stuff legal? Should I avoid talking about this in public, or at work? I have kids..?
Let's discuss the Farm Bill first, as it pertains directly to the topic at hand - CBD legality.
A bit of history for you because knowledge is power! The Farm Bill, A.K.A The Agricultural Act, has existed since President Franklin Roosevelt's 1933 New Deal legislation. The bill does not only serve as regulation for Hemp and CBD, it is also responsible for funding towards the SNAP food assistance program, land conservation, rural development, crop insurance, research, and agriculture. The Farm Bill of 1933 was born out of necessity to aid our country through the Heartland drought, Dust Bowl, and The Great Depression. Farmers began over producing staple crops like corn, wheat, and cotton to compensate for their losses. Over production would lead to a devastating drop in crop prices. The 1933 Farm Bill restored stability in the marketplace by providing the individual farmer incentives to not over produce. The bill and it's allowance would go on to be revised every 5 years. The Congressional Budget Office set a $867 billion allowance for Farm Bill programs from 2019-2023. America was first introduced to hemp in 1606 and served Americans well for some time.. However, politicians and corporations did not make decisions that would favor the "sacred grass", reducing it to a labeled "drug" like heroin, or cocaine. Americans continued to support cannabis and hemp, with or without the law's allowance. After many years of advocating, educating, cultivating behind closed doors, allowing the plant to speak for itself in medical perspectives, and refusing the idea that marijuana would land us smokers in hell, we have finally been heard.
The Farm Bill's most current and considerable revisions include:
- The removal of hemp plants with .3 percent or less THC levels from the Controlled Substance Act.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will now regulate hemp like any other natural agricultural commodity.
- Allows hemp products (CBD) an introduction into interstate commerce.
- Hemp production is now legal in all 50 states for any use (production of CBD, flower, and cannabinoid extraction).
*The USDA (U.S. Deparment of Agriculture) is now working on a separate bill that will offer clearer guidelines on the new hemp industry. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will be responsible for overseeing any products that contain hemp or CBD which are sold as topicals, food additives, drugs, and dietary supplements. Interstate commerce of hemp/hemp products is federally legal, but each state has the power to refuse the sale of these products within their borders. Maine, North Carolina and Ohio are some states that are still on the fence, having bans still placed on CBD.
How does Texas fit into this nationwide hemp craze?
We fit quite well, actually! Texan farmers and growers are at a huge advantage as the climate here is prime for cultivation. Not to mention, our farmers are well versed and supported by a generous amount of space to pursue new agricultural ventures like, industrial hemp! The House Bill 3587 that was passed in April of 2017 would allow hemp production under a federal pilot program that 31 other states are also taking part in. Then, on December 20th, 2018, the Hemp plant's flowers (flowers or "buds" is where the CBD compound is found and extracted) earned federally legal status when President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. Texas is, however, a conservative state that is not going to easily sway. Texans pride themselves on tradition and integrity, so, it isn't a surprise that our farmers take a little extra convincing before setting out to plow fields of weed every morning. We do believe in time and with proper education, Texan representatives will look beyond the stigma of growing cannabis and see that the cultivation of hemp on TEXAS SOIL will serve as an immeasurable advantage to our economy. Industrial hemp production will aid in ending deforestation as the plant serves as an ideal material for paper, reduces waste with biodegradable plastic production, clothing, construction materials, textiles. and even fuel. Existing laws allow for hemp derived products to be imported and sold in Texas, online and in stores, but the hemp plant itself cannot be grown here (unless under federal pilot research programs). You may legally purchase and possess CBD and Hemp derived products. Growing your own hemp or cannabis plants within the state of Texas is illegal.
Please do continue educating yourself on what the cannabis plant offers beyond what it is most known for. CBD products are very popular among the elderly citizens of America, serving as a less expensive and more effective alternate to medications used to treat Glaucoma, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, improve bone and heart health, provide pain relief, and even serve as a sleep aid.
Check out our article -- Which CBD is best for me? for more information on our products and how they can play a beneficial role in your family.
Despite the odds! Our tried and true hemp plant, over the course of many centuries, has now successfully penetrated mainstream consumer markets via textiles, clothing, personal care products,
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