Current as of 7/16/2020
Are you wondering if it’s legal to buy or use CBD products in your state?
It can be a challenge to find accurate information on CBD regulations across the United States, especially as a handful of states have recently changed their legal stance on hemp-derived CBD products.
This month, Hawaii is joining the list of states that are taking action to ban the use of CBD products. The Hawaii Legislature approved a bill that bans smokable hemp and CBD-infused edibles.
In addition, Iowa and Louisiana banned smokable hemp products and food and beverage items containing CBD in June 2020. And, as of July 8, 2020, Indiana has also banned smokable CBD flower.
With the many recent changes to cannabis legislation in multiple states in 2020, knowing your rights and the legalities of CBD purchase and use are more important than ever.
Below is an up-to-date list of CBD Legal Status in each U.S. State. The list applies to unlicensed CBD products only.
|State||Is CBD Legal?||Any Restrictions?|
|California||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Georgia||No||Only those with a THC Oil Registry Card allowed to use THC-enhanced CBD products.|
|Hawaii||No||Medical prescription required.|
|Idaho||No||Illegal in every form|
|Indiana||Yes||CBD oil, only|
|Iowa||No||Illegal in every form|
|Kansas||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Louisiana||No||Illegal in every form|
|Maryland||Unclear||Legal standing depends on whether a person is a patient in Medical Marijuana Program. No food/beverage products.|
|Massachusetts||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Minnesota||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Mississippi||Yes||Very strict guidelines, medical use, only.|
|Missouri||Yes||Very strict guidelines. Patient must be approved to participate in the Missouri Hemp Extract Registration Program (intractable epilepsy, only).|
|Montana||Yes||Very strict guidelines. No food, beverage, dietary supplement products.|
|Nebraska||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Nevada||Yes||Sales from licensed dispensaries only.|
|New Hampshire||Yes||Very strict guidelines.|
|New York||Yes||Some regulations, based on whether you have a valid MMJ card.|
|North Carolina||No||While illegal, CBD sales still occur in shops and dispensaries. Check your local statutes.|
|North Dakota||Yes||Strict regulations.|
|South Dakota||No||Medical card, only|
|Tennessee||Yes||CBD oil, only|
|Texas||Yes||Strict medical process that is available only to people with severe illnesses.|
|Utah||Yes||CBD is legal in what Utah calls ‘medicinal dosage form’ meaning it can’t be smoked or added to food or beverages for sale. Accepted forms: pills, capsules, oil, topical applications, gel, cubes, lozenges.|
|West Virginia||Yes||No food/beverage products|
|Wisconsin||Unclear||While illegal, CBD sales still occur in shops and dispensaries. Check your local statutes.|
You can also use these resources to find more information about industrial hemp laws:
State-by-State Industrial Hemp Statues – National Conference of State Legislatures
US Hemp Laws by State – VoteHemp.com
How will you know if the CBD vendor is trustworthy?
Most CBD is distilled from parts of the hemp plant that have been processed into a pulp and then converting the CBD from the pulp into concentrate. Many companies may not be selling products that contain the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids from the whole plant.
Studies have found evidence that full spectrum, or ‘whole plant’ consumption, of CBD, CBG and other beneficial cannabinoids can be more effective than isolated CBD.
High quality, full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC (less than 0.3%).
CBD hemp products from a trusted source will be clearly labeled with cannabinoid and THC levels, terpene information, and date of harvest and packaging. Products will have been lab tested, and properly screened for unwanted contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and mold.
When buying CBD flower products online, look for or request a COA (Certificate of Analysis) of the cultivar and any supporting lab testing documents for contaminant testing.
What else can you do to ensure legal compliance?
Apart from checking whether and what type of CBD products are legal in your state, you should check whether the THC levels are within the legal limit.
Hemp and marijuana plants both create flower buds that contain THC and CBD but by law, products from hemp plants are not allowed to contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
* Note that while some states allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products, there may be additional laws at the local level. Do your research and consume safely!
Disclaimer: The above information is based entirely on our independent research. While we strive to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice.
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