Recently, hemp oils high in cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), have gained fame due to the amazing evidence of their miraculous neuroprotective impact on little Charlotte Figi’s life – displayed to the world by CNN and sold under the Charlotte’s Web brand. Now, millions realize that these neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits extend to a variety of health applications, including neurological issues like mild anxiety, pain from exercise-induced inflammation, and dozens more significant issues.
Many Americans are confused over the legality of hemp because it is not available for general farming like corn or soybeans. Until 2014, only imported hemp was legal in the U.S. according to federal law. Thus, America is the largest importer of hemp products in the world, mostly from China, Canada and Europe."
There are only three ways to legally acquire CBD in the U.S.:
It is currently legal to import cannabidiol processed from hemp stalks and seeds, in concord with a 2004 9th Circuit court decision. Imported CBD extracted from the hemp flower is not in compliance with current importation under this decision, and hence these imports are subject to seizure.
2: GET IT FROM A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM:
CBD extracted from cannabis can be acquired in a state with a legal Medical Marijuana (MMJ) program. This CBD cannot move across state lines. As a controlled substance, it is limited to serving only those residing in that state.
3: VIA A DOMESTIC HEMP PROGRAM:
The most beneficial way to acquire CBD in the U.S. is from a legal hemp program in a state that is fully compliant with Federal Farm Bill section 7606. The State of Kentucky has the best legislative and regulatory pathway to empower hemp programs to grow, cultivate, process, and market hemp and hemp-derived CBD. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) clearly articulates that the hemp flower is to be processed as an agricultural commodity, in other words, as food.
How Their Farm Trusted Hemp Products are Legal:
The 2014 Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) changed the legal status of hemp in the U.S. Section 7606 conveyed to state Departments of Agriculture and institutions of higher learning the ability to grow, cultivate, process, and market hemp as long as research projects were conducted in accordance with corresponding state and federal laws.
While a small path to accessing this American grown superfood thus became available, it wasn’t until an August, 2016, issuance of a Statement of Principles by the USDA (also co-signed by DOJ/DEA and HHS/FDA) that federal agencies had a legal basis for the broad federal acceptance of hemp. Recent clarification has removed most of the legal questions about the movement of hemp and hemp-derived products over state and international lines.
Kentucky’s leadership in hemp reform, stemming from its long history as the dominant American supplier of hemp products, has ensured that Kentucky’s farmers and processors are in the vanguard of this re-emerging agricultural commodity.