Farm Bill Has Legalized Hemp, but Legal CBD is Another Story

While President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalizing hemp for the first time since 1970, the legislation doesn’t legalize all forms of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating component of both hemp and marijuana.

The Farm Bill, which was signed Dec. 20, 2018, and takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, will open a floodgate of new research and production of hemp-based products, hemp industry experts predicted.

The law removes hemp from its earlier status as a controlled substance. Instead of oversight by the U.S. Justice Department and its Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate the plant.

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