2018 Hemp Farm Bill – What It Means For Hemp and The Dietary Supplement Industry

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2018 Hemp Farm Bill Dietary Supplement Industry Information

Everything You Need to Know About the Hemp Farm Bill

On December 20th, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp at the federal level, effective in the New Year on exactly January 1st, 2019.

The Farm Bill will have huge ramifications moving forward for contract manufacturing industries, so we created this infographic to help explain the bill and also cover interesting B2B and B2C perspectives.

 

Breaking Down the 2018 Farm Bill

  • Hemp defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L and any part of the plant with a Delta-9 THC concentration no higher than 0.3 percent by dry weight
  • Hemp removed from Controlled Substances Act, making it legal to cultivate, possess, sell and distribute
  • States and Indian tribes have broad authority to regulate and limit the production and sale of hemp and its products within their borders
  • However, they cannot limit the transportation or shipment of hemp and its products through their jurisdictions

 

What Does the Hemp Farm Bill Mean for Businesses?

Ending the Stigma Against Cannabis

  • Hemp currently has a negative stigma that can influence purchase decisions
  • The removal of hemp restrictions will help to end the stigma against cannabis and hemp-based products and supplements
  • Hemp-based products can now thrive

 

Hemp Is Made Legal on a Federal Level

  • Hemp cultivation will be federally restricted, meaning there will be no grey areas regarding the cultivation and sale of hemp
  • Hemp crops will be legalized with no misinterpretations of its legality

Research in Hemp Will Be Boosted

  • Research shows that the cannabidiol in hemp oil could provide significant health benefits
  • With the legalization of hemp cultivation, more open research can be conducted to discover the potential health benefits
  • This opens up many possibilities for health-focused hemp-based products and supplements

Farmers Will Have Increased Legal Protection

  • Hemp farmers will now qualify for federal crop insurance
  • They will also receive subsidized insurance that protects them from income loss caused by natural disasters and price fluctuations

Business Can Act Outside of Grey Areas

  • Selling hemp-based products used to be difficult due to federal restrictions
  • With the Farm Bill, companies can now access more business services such as payment processing options and advertising to increase awareness and exposure
  • This opens up hemp-based products to an entirely new open-minded audience

CBD Will Still Remain Illegal on a Federal Level

  • CBD will still remain a federally illegal compound
  • However, if production meets federal and state level regulations, it can be considered a legal compound
  • If even one of these conditions is not met, it will be considered illegal under the Controlled Substances Act
  • CBD products that are approved by the FDA, such as CBD-based medication, are an exception

State-Level Medicinal Cannabis Unaffected

  • The Farm Bill will not change state-level medicinal cannabis programs
  • Medicinal cannabis will still be illegal at the federal level

Sources

https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/the-2018-farm-bill-what-this-means-for-hemp-311394

https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/what-does-the-2018-farm-bill-mean-for-the-hemp-and-cbd-businesses.html

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/hemp-industry-sees-profitable-harvest-as-farm-bill-approaches-finale-2018-12-04

http://www.cobizmag.com/Trends/The-Significance-of-the-2018-Farm-Bill-for-the-Hemp-Industry/