Currently, cannabis laws in America are confusing and difficult to explain. There is a disconnect between federal and state governments that makes it hard for consumers to fully understand the law, and enjoy hemp products. Below, we touch on the current state and federal legality of hemp, and look at it in contrast to marijuana laws.
CBD Confusion: State and Federal Law Disconnect
The United States federal government has not yet endorsed CBD products because cannabinoids are a product of cannabis, which is currently classified as a schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This bars any governmental agency from formally studying and verifying the efficacy of marijuana and CBD treatments. But, certain states have reformed their marijuana laws and allowed access to either medical or recreational marijuana. This has lead to people discovering the powerful effects of cannabis-based treatments, and even moving to those states so that they can safely access their care.
Further confusing is the fact that CBD is derived from industrial hemp – a close relative to marijuana that does not have psychoactive effects associated with marijuana. But, marijuana also contains high amounts of cannabinoids and can also provide similar care – which is the beginning of the confusion.
Industrial Hemp is Federally Legal, Marijuana is Not
Under the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp byproducts are completely legal in the United States – which makes CBD products legal in every state, but marijuana is still only legal in certain states. The varying degrees of legality on the state level, compounded by the federal government’s inability to study and reschedule marijuana make understanding its legal status confusing, and requires detailed knowledge of the legal nuances on a state-by-state basis.
The differences in state laws, and the federal government’s refusal to acknowledge the medical benefits of marijuana and cannabinoids has left patients confused and scared. It has even led some to defy state marijuana laws, and illegally possess cannabis so that they can care for their families. One north Texas family risks imprisonment by giving their child medical marijuana to treat her cerebral palsy – which causes her to hit and harm herself.
Unfortunately, these stories are all too common and only represent a fraction of the families doing the same thing: risking incarceration so that they can provide care for their child.
Is Hemp Legal in Texas?
Yes! Earlier this year, Texas became the 45th state to allow farmers to grow hemp commercially. The bill – HB 1325 – was passed unanimously, and signed into law by governor Greg Abbott. The Texas Department of Agriculture will be working on regulations in time for the 2020 growing season.
CBD products – which are derived from hemp – are also legal in Texas. You can visit our shop page to learn more about Pharm Haus CBD products, and find out which are right for you.
Sensible, Compassionate Laws Work
States with compassionate marijuana laws have helped patients improve their lives by giving them local access to their healthcare. For instance, medical marijuana and CBD treatments can help those with epilepsy manage their seizures and live more comfortably.
One family in North Carolina fought for two years for their daughter’s right to access her medicine, and eventually they convinced the state to see things their way. In 2014, the “Hope for Haley” bill so that Haley Ward could have legal access to CBD oils that help her manage her epileptic seizures. Before the bill passed, the Ward family had to travel to Colorado multiple times per year to access Haley’s medicine. With the help of her CBD medicine, Haley reduced the number of seizures she had from ten each day to four.
The Majority of Americans Support Federal Marijuana Legalization
In October of 2016, The GALLUP Polling found that 60% of Americans now support full marijuana legalization. The poll found that marijuana’s popularity grew among all age groups, regardless of political affiliation. This wave of support ha been increasing since the 1960’s but has surged over recent decades. The data from 2016 suggests that support for marijuana legalization is at an all time high in America, which means that it’s time for our elected officials to follow the will of the people and reform archaic marijuana laws.
Advocate for Care
Cannabis laws in America are confusing, and they’re negatively impacting families across state lines. It’s time for legislative reform so that Americans can have more healthcare choices. You can become a medical marijuana advocate by calling your state representative and urging them to pass medical marijuana legislation. Or, visit Norml.org for more information about you can help millions in America have safe access to their healthcare.
Pharm Haus is Your Place for Texas Hemp Products
The Pharm Haus in Richardson, Texas has a wide selection of fantastic hemp and CBD products for you to choose from. Our in-house staff is knowledgeable about CBD products and hemp laws, and would be happy to talk with you about the state of hemp nationally and in Texas. Visit us today to learn more about how CBD can aid your overall health, and improve your life.