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The Farm Bill: What it Means for CBD

April Morris

Posted on July 26 2018

The Farm Bill: What it Means for CBD
Last month, the Senate passed the new Farm Bill which, among other things, legalizes industrial hemp production in the United States. But, the House of Representatives passed their own version of the bill, which doesn't mention hemp. 

The House and Senate now have until September 30th to reconcile their difference in the two bills. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will fight to ensure the hemp-friendly language remains intact. If he succeeds, the new version of the bill will pass through the House, then the Senate, and finally to the President's desk. If the President signs, hemp production will officially be legal in the United States. 

In 1937, hemp production was made illegal in the States. Since then, American hemp product manufacturers have had to import their hemp as a raw material. If hemp production becomes legal, US farms will be able to grow hemp without government interference. This could potentially lower the cost of products, like Cannabidiol (CBD) oils, as the supply chain between raw hemp and final products becomes shorter. 

"Our bipartisan legislation strikes America's outdated anti-hemp laws from the books so American consumers can buy products made with hemp grown in America," said Sen. Roy Wyden (D-Oregon). 

Those interested in supporting the legalization of hemp are encouraged to contact their Congresspersons.

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