By Lisa L. Gill
Last updated: December 21, 2018
A sweeping agriculture bill recently signed by President Trump gives the legislative nod needed to make CBD (cannabidiol), one of hemp’s byproducts, legal at the federal level.
That’s good news for consumers who use or want to try various products infused with CBD, which is nonpsychoactive. And it could soon mean more products for consumers on retail store shelves. The bill also allows farmers to legally grow industrial hemp.
Although consumers have been able to purchase CBD products in the 47 states where CBD sales are permitted, the federal legality question has loomed. (See map below.)
That’s because the Drug Enforcement Agency previously classified CBD as a “Schedule I” controlled substance, meaning the federal government contended that it had no known medical value and risked being highly addictive, similar to drugs such as LSD and heroin.