For today's weed news we go to the White House.
It's official, Donald Trump just signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018!
Why should we care, you ask?
Because as of this moment hemp is now officially legal!
That's right, for the first time in 40 years, it is okay for states to begin growing hemp and producing hemp-derived products. Of course, all of this will have to be done under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture.
In order to grow hemp, applicants will need to outline and submit plans of how they're going to track land use and how they're going to make sure that their plants are less than .3% THC.
In addition, this new bill as a lot of provisions for hemp research. That means that scientists will now have a much easier time running studies involving the hemp plant and all the compounds that it contains.
Thanks to the Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD will no longer be subject to the Controlled Substances Act, as long as it's in a state with an approved hemp program. That being said, regular CBD remains a schedule 1 prohibited substance that apparently is very dangerous, addictive and still has no medical value.
California attorney Johanna Hossack from the Clark Neubert LLP Law Firm in Los Angeles commented on the new bill saying "It's a monumental piece of legislation that will open the doors to a huge amount of research into the plant's uses and will really catapult the US as a world leader in hemp production... It's also important in reducing stigma around the plant generally. Obviously hemp legalization doesn't lift the major barriers facing the Cannabis market, so our work definitely isn't done. But today is an important day."
I fully agree with Joanna. Our mission is far from over, but this is definitely a huge step in the right direction!
The executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association Aaron Smith called the passing of this bill a "concrete sign that 'Reefer Madness', which first led to [hemp's] criminalization is finally coming to an end."
Let's hope that this ends up becoming the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition all together. But either way, we are one step closer to that #spinachstatus.
And that's what's up!
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