When President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 into law on December 20th 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill.. Before the bill officially became law, hemp and its commercially viable byproducts including cannabidiol (CBD) had been in a federal and state legal gray area that frustrated growers, manufacturers, and consumers.
The 2018 legislation allows for broad commercial hemp cultivation and removes the restrictions around the transportation of hemp-derived products across state lines. In fact, the Farm Bill specifically places absolutely no restrictions on the possession, transport or sale of hemp-derived products on a federal level, so long as the products themselves comply with a very straightforward set of restrictions.
In order for CBD and other hemp-derived products to be federally categorized as “legal,” they must be derived from a cannabis plant which contains less than .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp, which is derived from the cannabis sativa plant, falls under this low-THC category. Marijuana does not, and therefore not protected by this legislation.