Marijuana’s long and tortuous legal battle began in the mid-1930s in the United States. The United States government began campaigns against its use. They associated it with insanity, aggression, and criminal activity through propaganda films like Reefer Madness (released 1936).
Historically, regulators around the world simply axed the benefits of the cannabis plant to keep the intoxicating parts illegal — but times have changed. People want access to the numerous health benefits of cannabinoids like CBD. After decades of lobbying and protesting, the legal status of cannabis is finally being reevaluated around the world.
Controversy Over the Legal Status of CBD
In light of these reports, the world has started opening up to the use of CBD as a health supplement. But with some caveats related to the psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant — namely THC.
The FDA has yet to make any strong stance for or against the sale of hemp-derived products in the United States and the market has become a bit of a wild West in this regard.
In the United States, the change is slow and frustratingly complicated. Cannabis laws are different on a federal level to a state level and can differ significantly from one state to the next. Some states allow the use of CBD with medical approval only, others are completely legal for any reason — you can even buy products at corner stores, gas stations, and even vending machines. It’s not always limited to dispensaries.
States that have legalized medical marijuana also accept the use of CBD products both for medical and recreational use. However there are some states that prohibit the use of marijuana but they approve the use of CBD under special conditions.
Wisconsin – The law is unclear on whether CBD products are legal or not in Wisconsin. Possession of CBD products is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by jail sentence. However the attorney general did advise law enforcement to not enforce this law. If you plan to use CBD oil in Wisconsin, we advise getting a physician’s certificate just in case.
What Is CBD & Is It Legal?
Alabama – CBD products approved by the FDA and have less than 0.3% THC levels are legal for recreational use in Alabama.
However industrial hemp and mariujana are not the same type of plant. Because of this industrial hemp is legal to grow in the United States. It’s still illegal to grow in other countries so keep this in mind before taking some industrial hemp with you when you fly to other countries.
North Dakota – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Mamadou Ndiaye was facing jail time and a $1,000 fine for marijuana possession. But Ndiaye possessed only CBD oil – a substance that was legalized by the state legislature last month. Thanks to the new CBD law, the prosecutor and judge both decided to dismiss the case.
But contrary to what these articles suggest, CBD products are not “legal in all 50 US states.” If that were the case, why would Ndiaye be charged with a crime? Why would the Indiana police raid retailers selling the stuff? And why would the Indiana legislature take it upon itself to legalize CBD?
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced last month that he would introduce a bill to legalize hemp on the federal level.
An Indiana man was overwhelmed with emotion this week when a county court dismissed his case.
The 2014 Farm Bill is often cited as evidence that CBD derived from industrial hemp is now legal. But the legislation legalized only a very narrow set of hemp cultivation activities: It is legal to grow hemp under a state pilot program or for academic research. It is also legal to cultivate under state law “in which such institution of higher education or state department of agriculture is located and such research occurs.”