Local and national hemp laws are an important consideration for anyone wishing to sell CBD products. Hemp laws fluctuate and vary, and retailers must remain abreast of legislative changes to maintain CBD business compliance.
To be clear, hemp is a subspecies of cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC, meaning it will not cause consumers to feel “high.” However, its close association with intoxicating marijuana-type cannabis poses unique challenges for hemp industry professionals.
Notably, the CBD hemp industry is relatively young, and regulations change frequently. Unfortunately, this may cause difficulty for those who sell only sell a few products in a few locations. Moreover, local and national hemp laws do not always match, so it’s important to understand the protocol in each distribution area.
Today, we’ll outline the local and national hemp laws that CBD sellers must adhere to and offer guidance on sourcing quality, compliant CBD products.
CBD and the 2018 Farm Bill
The 2014 Farm Bill allowed colleges and other institutions of higher learning to grow CBD hemp through pilot research programs. Then in 2018, the updated Farm Bill opened the door for commercial CBD sales by removing hemp cannabinoids from the Controlled Substance List. The Bill also allows interstate hemp transport with proper documentation and lifts restrictions on the production, sale, and transportation of compliant hemp products.
The USDA has also developed guidelines by which growers, manufacturers, and distributors must adhere to remain federally compliant. However, the USDA also grants states and tribal territories the ability to submit their own hemp CBD plans. Generally speaking, anything that meets standard USDA guidelines is approved.
Consequently, state hemp laws vary considerably. For example, whereas some states disallow the sale of certain CBD product types, others completely restrict THC altogether, even if under 0.3 percent. Moreover, other places like Utah and Nebraska require local licensing to sell CBD within their jurisdictions. Notably, it is still possible to sell CBD in these highly restricted areas, and e-commerce sites may make the process easier.
What CBD Sellers Must Know About Local and National Hemp Laws
As mentioned, the 2018 Farm Bill allows commercial distribution of CBD products. However, sellers must remain abreast of changing hemp laws, both locally and federally. We strongly advise CBD business owners to conduct due diligence by researching CBD hemp laws everywhere they will do business.
Government websites provide the most accurate and up-to-date information about local and national hemp laws. Moreover, they usually include contact information for those who seek further clarification. The process can be quite time-consuming, but it is worth it when considering the potential repercussions otherwise.
Closing Thoughts About Local and National Hemp Laws
Local and national hemp laws are extensive, confusing, and always fluctuating. As a CBD business owner, it is crucial that you understand the differing hemp laws in all areas you serve.
Fortunately, VCM can help. We’ve been hemp industry members for many years and keep close watch of industry changes. We’re happy to offer our consulting services to help ensure your CBD company remains compliant. We will provide you with compliant, high-quality CBD products to stock your shelves.
Contact us to learn more about how VCM can help your CBD business achieve greatness despite an ever-changing landscape.
Abby is a freelance cannabis writer and Founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace and training platform designed to connect cannabis creatives with businesses that need their services. Learn more at CannabisContent.net