As the legalization of cannabis and cannabis-related products continues to make progress, keeping legalities straight can be challenging. The rise of the cannabidiol (CBD) industry has also led to an abundance of misinformation online and in the media, making it harder for the average consumer to find the right answers to their questions. But cannabis, hemp, hemp derivatives, CBD, and marijuana continue to gain popularity, and it is important to fully understand what is legal and what is not. Below, we have put together a comparison between the legalities of marijuana and the legalities of hemp as a thorough examination and differentiation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular and marketable cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant today. The CBD industry is considered a high-risk industry, as the FDA has yet to provide a regulatory pathway for the inclusion of CBD into foods, beverages, cosmetics, and supplements, and CBD companies remain subject to a hodge-podge of varying state laws. As legal hemp and cannabis markets continue to boom, it is imperative that hemp business owners understand the importance of CBD insurance. Without the guidance of well-versed hemp lawyers and adequate CBD insurance coverage, CBD businesses may face liabilities, including consumer lawsuits. Below, we assess certain issues that present inherent risk in the CBD industry and discuss coverage issues and CBD insurance policy types.
It appears consumers are not the only group losing patience with the FDA’s progress on CBD legalization. On January 13th, 2020, a bipartisan bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) regarding cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD containing substances was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) unveiled a simple bill drafted to intentionally include hemp-derived CBD beneath the definition of a “dietary supplement.”
The cannabis industry is complex and competitive, but it is also extremely appealing to young entrepreneurs and investors alike as it continues to shift away from negative stigmas and into a more defined regulatory pathway. The rapid growth of the industry attracts cultivators, extractors, retailers, and more, and like many people entering this complicated space, you may feel overwhelmed with where to begin. Whether you’re considering opening a dispensary business, a CBD business, an ancillary cannabis business, or simply obtaining a hemp license,we’ve put together a guide to starting up a cannabis company to further your understanding of the necessary moving parts and details.
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the USDA’s release of the interim final rules, the hemp market continues to grow. As many processing services remain hesitant to service the growing hemp industry due to legal uncertainties, companies continue to face difficulties securing a reliable merchant processor for processing payments for the sale of hemp-derivative products, such as CBD oils and edibles. Though organizations such as Square Inc. and WooCommerce recently have begun to provide processing capabilities and support to legal hemp and CBD sellers, many remain skeptical due to confusion on the legal status of hemp and hemp-derived products.
After reading Part I of the Is CBD Legal series, you may be prepared to defend the statement that hemp-derivatives sourced from hemp grown pursuant to a pilot program under the 2018 Farm Bill are perfectly legal at the federal level and that CBD is legal. “Not so fast,” says the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).