Industrial Hemp Legalized with Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Legislation | December 28, 2018 | by Cory Kallheim

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) signed into law on December 20, 2018 includes provisions revising the Controlled Substances Act to define two types of cannabis – marijuana and hemp.  Marijuana remains a controlled substance, but hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol (CBD), is now legal.

The regulation of hemp and its derivative products will remain under the jurisdiction of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA commissioner released a statement clarifying its regulatory authority over hemp derivative products.  The FDA plans to hold public meetings and gather input as it determines its future regulatory approach to hemp and hemp derivative products.