CBD oil can be manufactured in Kentucky. The licenses issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture apply to both growing hemp and processing products like CBD oil.
It’s safe to say hemp and CBD oil aren’t going away anytime soon in Kentucky. But what is it? And is it legal? Or safe? Here’s our guide to help you learn everything you need to know about CBD oil in Kentucky:
While growing or possessing marijuana is not legal in Kentucky, it is legal to grow hemp, with a license. In fact, hemp crops have been a driver of economic success for the state.
Is CBD oil safe? Is it addictive?
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil, according to healthline.com. CBD is drawn from the flower of the hemp plant, and both hemp and marijuana are derived from cannabis sativa. It’s that connection to the cannabis plant that leads to a common question about the safety and legality of CBD oil: “Can you get high off CBD oil?”
This percentage was previously set in the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill also removed hemp from the controlled substance list.
If a drug screening only tests “positive or negative” for THC and not the amount, there’s a chance your CBD oil intake could cause you to fail the drug test.
Now, Kroger announced it will begin selling CBD oil in its stores in 17 states — yes, Kentucky and Indiana are two of them.
The state was among the first to consider permitting hemp cultivation in the modern era. Governor Brereton Jones created a commission designed to look into the possibility of legal hemp in 1994. However, the state didn’t allow production for research purposes until the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
The sale of any amount of marijuana in Kentucky is also a misdemeanor. However, it carries a potential prison sentence of up to a year. Growing up to five plants carries the same penalty. Selling more than eight ounces or cultivating six or more plants are felonies. In both instances, you could spend up to five years in jail.
At present, Kentucky is one of the ever-decreasing states that doesn’t have an MMJ program. However, the state has a reputation for hemp growing, and the crop was first cultivated in Kentucky in 1775.
Industrial Hemp in Kentucky
Unlike cannabis, industrial hemp is legal to grow in the United States. Like THC, however, CBD isn’t federally legal. States ultimately have the power over cannabidiol’s accessibility or lack thereof. Despite obscure county and local laws that suggest otherwise, most states allow CBD sale and consumption.
In 2017, HB 333 was passed and broadly permitted the sale and use of hemp-derived CBD with a maximum THC content of 0.3%. The following year, lawmakers in the state approved HB 197. This aligned Kentucky’s definition of industrial hemp with the federal governments.
However, you shouldn’t purchase any CBD product unless there is a third-party lab report with it. Otherwise, you have no way of knowing if the product contains less than 0.3% THC. There is also a possibility of it containing heavy metals or other chemicals. Your best bet is to try an online store. Reputable CBD brands have test results on their website, and they can deliver their products to your doorstep.
It is unclear what the next step is, but likely, MMJ will not come to Kentucky for the foreseeable future. This is contrary to public opinion in the state. A poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in February 2020 found that 90% of Kentucky residents favored MMJ. It seems as if there is a pocket of anti-cannabis senators preventing medical cannabis in Kentucky.