The Farm Bill of 2018 was a landmark piece of legislation that decriminalized hemp in the United States. This bill, which was signed into law by President Trump, has opened up a world of possibilities for hemp farmers and producers. But what does this mean for the average person? In this article, we'll explore the implications of the Farm Bill and how it affects hemp decriminalization. The Farm Bill of 2018 explicitly allows for the transfer of hemp-derived products across state borders for commercial or other purposes.
This means that hemp-derived products can now be sold and transported legally, provided they are produced in accordance with the law. The bill also removes hemp-derived products from their Schedule I category under the Controlled Substances Act, which means that hemp-derived products are no longer considered illegal drugs. However, the Farm Bill does not create a system where people can grow hemp as freely as they can grow tomatoes or basil. Instead, states must design their own regulatory programs for hemp cultivation and production.
If a state chooses not to design its own program, then the USDA will develop a regulatory program under which hemp growers in those states must apply for licenses and comply with a program administered by the federal government. The Agricultural Act also guarantees that any cannabinoid, a group of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant and derived from hemp, is legal, as long as that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Agriculture Act, associated federal regulations, state regulations of the association and by an authorized producer. Additionally, hemp cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC according to section 10113 of the Farm Bill.The Farm Bill has been a major victory for advocates of hemp decriminalization. It has opened up new opportunities for farmers and producers to cultivate and produce hemp-derived products legally.
However, it is important to note that while hemp is now legal, it is still heavily regulated by both state and federal governments. As such, it is important to understand the implications of the Farm Bill before engaging in any activities related to hemp.