Is Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil Legal?
Is CBD oil legal? This is the question many people have been asking since last year when the cannabis industry in the United States began to see a sudden rise in popularity. The most widely used form of CBD is pure CBD oil. Combining pure CBD extract with carrier oil such as coconut oil, it is now able to be consumed or vaporized, bringing quite a bit of variety to the marketplace.
However since cannabis cultivation and production have been in existence for quite some time, it’s not completely uncommon to see CBD grown naturally in states that don’t yet have legalized the plant. In some cases hemp oil is produced for local consumption in the form of cookies, so-called “ganja cookies,” however no legitimate medical use can be derived from such cookies. In general, CBD is the result of CBD seeds being grown in the lab under controlled conditions. It cannot be manipulated or abused in any way. CBD is a very natural substance and should not be confused with ” Hemp Oil,” “Cannabis Extract,” Hemp,” which are all different varieties of the same thing. Therefore, while CBD may seem like a clever marketing term, the true focus of this article is to answer the question “Is CBD legal?”
While CBD certainly isn’t considered “Illegal” by the United States Government, the US Government is taking steps to try and maintain interstate commerce and tax revenue levels. In order to do this the Government is requiring all legal prescription pharmaceuticals to contain at least 0.3% cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Currently, the only products that contain this highly potent oil are the few dietary supplements and oils that are derived from industrial hemp. For those who might be in doubt it is important to remember that CBD is an entirely natural substance, with absolutely no known side effects. That said, the medical community has not approved the use of CBD for anything other than medical purposes.
In Canada, similarly regulated laws apply to the use of CBD. The same taxation and legal restrictions apply to both countries, with respect to either the medical use of CBD or its manufacture, distribution, possession, and consumption. Import and Export regulations are also quite strict, and products imported into either country must display the health Canada seal, or the country’s seal. There is currently no legislation pertaining to the cultivation, importation, export, or consumption of CBD. However, the Canadian Government has issued statements advising the sale and marketing of” CBD” and has stated that it considers “celling CBD as a Schedule 7 substance.” If the United States schedules CBD as a controlled substance, it would severely restrict the production and distribution of CBD oil in Canada and restrict sales to patients suffering from debilitating illnesses in the United States.
In terms of the federal level, two bills currently exist that could criminalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana on federal property. Both of these bills have been referred to committees in the House and Senate, but no hearings have yet been scheduled. Similarly, California is considering a state ballot initiative that would legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana. If passed, the initiative would also legalize possession of cannabis by adults and allow local law enforcement to raids and prosecute individual patients who are caught violating the law. While no official date for a statewide marijuana bill has been scheduled, California is already legislating on these issues.
Recently, however, the federal government, rather than being involved in these legislative debates, has announced that it will not be taking a position on either the medical marijuana initiative in California or the Colorado initiative. Why? According to the government, it is currently under review and determining whether or not it would make sense to re-classify marijuana as a dangerous drug with a high potential for abuse. Currently, the government recognizes that marijuana has many legitimate uses, including the fact that it may help to alleviate the symptoms of some debilitating medical conditions. However, it is considering whether or not the long-term use of marijuana has created a significant public health risk.