What The Farm Bill Means For Your State
The following is a brief overview of the legal status of CBD oil across the United States of America. The states are divided into three categories based on both the general climate of the hemp industry within the state as well as the standing legality of the product based on state legislature. It is a common misconception that after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill CBD and industrial hemp are now legal in all 50 states. While it is true that both are legal at the federal level, many states are still struggling to update their pilot programs and expand access. Others are grappling with the concept of legal industrial hemp and have not yet legally defined it as separate from marijuana. Remember, states cannot give individuals more rights than the federal government, but they can limit or monitor those rights as they see fit.
The good news is that across the U.S. there is steady forward momentum in the hemp industry. It should be noted that the following is a brief description of what still remains as a very new and complicated legal issue. This overview does not account for every issue that might arise throughout the industry in an individual state, but serves as a condensed version of the most pertinent laws and overall hemp culture in each state.
Here’s my State of Washington:
Due to the changes in the language from the 2014 Farm Bill to the 2018 Farm Bill the state of Washington is currently revamping their hemp pilot program to include the newly legal status of CBD oil. Previously, CBD oil could still be considered a controlled substance and not necessarily included in the pilot program. Due to recent changes Washington is working to update its laws to reflect the federal legality of CBD.