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It can be difficult to remain up to date with CBD and related laws because they are constantly changing and operate differently on state and federal levels. One of the main obstacles that marijuana faces is its negative reputation built from laws and societal norms. States have been exponentially progressing in the past few years, which has encouraged changes in federal law.

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 was initiated on December 20th, 2018 and changed the federal regulation of hemp as it relates to production and marketing. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L. and was removed from the CSA (Controlled Substance Act). In accordance with this act, Cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3% THC are no longer controlled substances as defined by the U.S. federal law. A conflict exists between state and federal law because each state has their own CSA. JuJu Royal products are legal in all 50 states!

CBD has not been approved by the FDA to be marketed as a treatment for diseases; however, some cannabis-derived and related products have been approved by the FDA with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. These products include Epidiolex, Marinol, Sydros and Cesamet and are the only products approved by the FDA, who hasn’t provided a marketing application for cannabis as treatment for diseases.

A new bill introduced on February 4th of this year, H.R. 841, which would, “allow the use of hemp, cannabidiol ( CBD) derived from hemp, or any other ingredient derived from hemp in a dietary supplement, provided that the supplement meets other applicable requirements.” It is currently illegal, according to the FDA, for CBD products to be sold as dietary supplements.

Laws beyond CBD:

In the 1990s California, Alaska, Oregon, Maine, Washington, and Washington D.C. began passing medical marijuana laws. By the 2000s this number rose from five to eight and included Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico.  Through the 21st century additional states have passed medical and recreational marijuana laws. Recreational marijuana, which is used without medical justification and often contains more THC than medical marijuana, is currently legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, D.C., California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Michigan, Vermont, Guam, Illinois, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota, New York and Virginia.

Remember: When purchasing CBD (or related products) always read the labels to evaluate their authenticity. Check out the JuJu Royal blog, “How to Read COAs,” for more information on how to ensure you’re purchasing trustworthy CBD products.