Why Hemp Infused Products are Legal to Purchase
Jeff Sessions and the DEA have said much about cannabis and cannabidiols in recent times. However, much of Sessions’ statements are outright false or misleading so we thought we should clarify a few things. So, are Hemp Infused products legal in all 50 states?
Hemp, Cannabis & Marijuana (slang).. What’s the difference?
They’re from the exact same plant species – Cannabis sativa. It’s common to mistake hemp and cannabis unless you know why they’re different. If it’s under .3% THC content then it’s hemp and is classified as legal for academic and educational purposes, according to federal law. What is commonly referred to as cannabis (or medical marijuana) contains THC levels above .3% and can extend into levels between 15-30% THC. Remember, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Without these higher THC levels, there are no psychoactive effects for you.
In 2014, President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defines industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana. This authorizes institutions of higher education or state department’s of agriculture in states that legalized hemp cultivation to regulate and conduct research and pilot programs. Basically, it’s up to the states to regulate the growth per their own State Departments.
President Obama’s execution of the Agricultural Act of 2014 is an integral piece to Hemp & it’s oil’s legality. If a plant is deemed legal (where the determining factor is a THC level under .3%) that then makes all products made from the source material legal as well. Did you ever wonder why your hemp lotion 15-20 years ago was legal but “smoking a little weed” wasn’t? In this case, it’s all about the THC levels your plant doesn’t have.
There are 33 states with laws specifically regulating Hemp to include: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
As of early 2017, 14 of these regulated 33 states legally produce hemp seeds. The federal designation indicated hemp could be grown for industrial or academic applications. These 14 states (CA, CO, IN, KY, MA, MO, ND, OR, SC, TN, VT, VA, NC and WV) are producing hemp seeds for industrial use. While regulations and agricultural standards are still developing in America, we have been fortunate enough to have our sourced from domestic soil. We are licensed through the Department of Agriculture in the state of Colorado. European sourced products still abound, but tend to be a much more inferior product. We have cultivated ideal conditions, more experienced growers and refinement of regulations to ensure safety and quality lend more trust to you, our consumer.
Our Hemp Oil comes from Industrial Hemp. Hemp Oil is just another discovery of hemp’s uses that help improve daily life. For years, hemp products have been available for purchase. Shampoos, lotions, clothes, shoes, and more. These plants are even used for phytoremediation to reduce radiation levels from nuclear waste. For Earth, or for its inhabitants, hemp is healthy. Hemp Oil is a healthy addition to increase the wellness of your life. Now, these oils can be used with food, drink, on your favorite snack, in lotions, topicals, shampoos, vaporizers, and more by the year. If you asked mom and dad “Is CBD legal?” decades ago they would have said oh yea!