An amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill could fully legalize industrial hemp in the United States. The amendment legalizing hemp began as a bill proposed by Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate. The “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” fully legalizes industrial hemp and all products made from it including CBD oil. Under the new law, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government agencies would no longer be able to interfere with hemp and allow the cultivation, production and ability to sell everywhere in the U.S.
This will be the biggest progression in the hemp industry since the 2014 Farm Bill which made industrial hemp legal for research programs. These programs were state-based and varied throughout, with some allowing only university research and others allowing a limited number of everyday farmers. However, the new amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill would officially remove hemp from the DEA’s list of controlled substances, thus allowing for complete legality of hemp. This would once and for all clear up any grey areas surrounding the somewhat confusing state we are currently in and allow the industry to flourish.
All products made from hemp, including CBD oil, would be legalized as well, as long as they follow federal guidelines and contain less than .3% THC. State agriculture departments, as well as Native American tribes, would be free to regulate hemp as they do any other traditional crop like corn or carrots.Needless to say this is a huge and necessary step towards making the hemp industry an undeniable economic powerhouse.