The Hemp Farming Act of 2018
by Jack Chung
A year ago
Isn’t Industrial Hemp Already Legal?
YES! Industrial Hemp cultivation was made legal in the 2014 Farm Bill which was set to expire 2018. On December 20th, 2018 the 2018 Hemp Farming Act (H.R.5485-Hemp Farming Act of 2018) was passed with overwhelming bipartisan approval. This law specifically addresses industrial hemp farming, and makes it 100% legal in the US. This means that all industrial hemp products are now legal in the US.
What’s Industrial Hemp Again?
Industrial hemp is defined as any cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC and also extends into the products that the hemp plants can be used to manufacture. This means that industrial hemp plants have no noticeable and/or detectable psychoactive effects. Our country has had an outdated regulation of industrial hemp for the last 70 years. Industrial hemp was first criminalized along with the traditional cannabis plant in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. In those days it would have been difficult for us to separate the difference between the two plants however we now have the ability to distinguish between the subtle differences between cannabis plant strains.
What does this mean for us?
In the short term “business as usual,” continue to use your favorite industrial hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) products normally. We as consumers, retailers, manufacturers and farmers probably won’t see any immediate noticeable changes. The new law needs time to have an effect in the marketplace however we believe this will eventually make industrial hemp products more readily available and affordable.
We at PCR Naturals believe that this is a step in the right direction for our country and its citizens. This law reaffirms our commitment to providing exceptional cannabidiol products to help improve our everyday lives.