Hemp Legalization Updates
Hemp was largely legalized in the United States by way of the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill federally legalized the production, possession, and sale of hemp in the United States as long as it didn’t contain more than 0.3% THC by weight. Despite that, hemp must still meet all Food and Drug Administration requirements and regulations. It is a heavily regulated industry.
At a state level, hemp enjoys a variety of legal statuses, from legal and regulated in California to virtually completely illegal in Kansas.
Hemp and cannabis legislation is being introduced all around the country. New states are passing laws to end the prohibition against medical and recreational use of cannabis every year. One side effect of the newly liberalized cannabis and hemp legal regime is a patchwork of legislation and regulation that can be difficult for hemp and cannabis businesses to navigate.
It’s always a good idea to consult with experienced legal counsel before undertaking a commercial venture in this complicated area.