On January 1, 2018, industrial hemp became a lawful product to grow in the United States under the Farm Bill. Farmers, processors, and state regulators are scrambling to catch up with this dramatic change in the law. We are working to stay abreast of the shifting regulations that affect those that grow, process, and market industrial hemp.
Industrial hemp has historically been classified as a controlled substance under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Justice. The Farm Bill removed “industrial hemp,” defined as any cannabis plant with no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabibol (or “THC”), from the list of Schedule I drugs in the Control Substances Act.
Marijuana, or cannabis with >0.3% THC, remains a Schedule I drug. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, we cannot provide legal advice for those wishing to grow, process, or sell marijuana.