In late 2018, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a public notice legalizing industrial hemp and CBD in The Cotton State.
According to the public notice, “CBD derived from industrial hemp, with a THC concentration of not more than .3%, can be legally produced, sold, and possessed in the State of Alabama.”
Is CBD Oil Legal in Alabama?
In 2014, Alabama passed a bill known as Carly’s Law named in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler. The bill authorized the University of Alabama at Birmingham to conduct pilot programs and administer CBD oil to children with debilitating seizures.
In 2016, Leni’s Law, named after 4-year-old Leni Young, legalized possession of CBD for patients with debilitating seizures diagnosed by a doctor. The law also legalized possession of CBD for the parents, and legal guardians of these patients providing the CBD was intended for the patients’ use.
A public notice issued by Alabama’s Attorney General in 2018 expanded upon Carly and Leni’s laws by legalizing industrial hemp and CBD in the state. The changes to the law were issued to reflect the congressional passage of the 2018 Farm Bill which allows states to produce and sell industrial hemp within their jurisdiction.
Is CBD Oil Legal in the U.S.?
The 2018 Farm Bill is a piece of national legislation that legalizes industrial hemp nationwide. The bill permits all states to regulate the cultivation, research, and marketing of industrial hemp as they so choose.
Most importantly, The 2018 Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as any cannabis plant or derivative of such plant which contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. THC is the psychotropic compound that produces the ‘high’ synonymous with marijuana. In trace amounts of less than 1% by dry weight, it has negligible effects. The law leaves regulating CBD products to the individual states.
Hemp has been a powerful ally of the United States throughout the years as an efficiently grown and versatile plant. It was brought to this continent in 1645 and has been grown across the nation ever since. It was cultivated with great success until the mid-1900s when heavy taxation was placed upon the plant. Interestingly enough, the hemp plant was a prized commodity which the United States government pushed farmers to grow during World War II. After the war, hemp production continued in the U.S. until it finally slowed to a halt in 1958. This means that hemp has grown on American soil for over 300 years.
Qualities of Hemp
If you are reading this article, then you most likely know that hemp extracts are beginning to reach mainstream attention. CBD is a cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant. Other plant extracts can be prepared with hemp such as CBD Terpenes Oils. Terpenes are organic compounds that produce the aromatic and flavorful qualities of plant essential oils.
Cannabinoids and terpenes interact with the human endocannabinoid system. This system helps maintain homeostasis throughout the brain and body. CBD and terpenes make an excellent addition to any holistic regimen.
Hemp also has some very compelling environmental benefits. It helps clear soil contamination and grows in quick cycles. One acre of hemp can provide the same amount of paper as four acres of average pulp! Hemp is also the source of a “biomass fuel [that] would not result in any net CO2 being added to the atmosphere.” Hemp is known to produce more biofuel than any other plant per acre. As of 2018, over 34 states recognize the benefits of hemp and are already creating legislation to allow for the production of this crop in their state. It is clear that both hemp extracts and hemp products can help bring balance to our environment.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil in Alabama?
The CBD provided at Green Roads is extracted from the industrial hemp plant through a CO2 extraction. This extraction process uses CO2 that is extremely cold and pressurized to produce a CBD solution. This solvent is easily separated from unwanted elements such as THC. All of our products including CBD Coffee and CBD Tea utilize this CO2 extract which is safe and nontoxic.
Purchasing CBD Online
Before purchasing CBD oil online, it is important to research the vendors from whom you are buying. A reputable vendor will have an extensive list of customer reviews for credibility and will provide independent lab testing for quality assurance. Green Roads provides all of this information. Our products are formulated by a board-certified pharmacist with 20 years of experience. Many learning resources are available on our website, and if you have any additional questions, an experienced customer service team is available to help!
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Note* – This page was last updated on January 10th, 2019
*The legal landscape around CBD is unclear and changing rapidly both at the Federal and State level. Federally, the 2018 Farm bill legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives, including CBD, however, the bill specifically provided that States may have more restrictive legislation.
At the State and local level, while CBD has been declared legal in a number of States or localities, in others its status remains unsettled and the landscape is changing rapidly. Even in States and localities where the law is adverse, enforcement is haphazard and often stems from misinformation or misunderstanding.
It is important to understand that, generally, the law is more favorable towards CBD produced from hemp than from marijuana and Green Roads’ products are produced exclusively from hemp. Also Green Roads products contain undetectable levels of THC.
The information above and any other communication regarding legality which you may receive from any representative of Green Roads or the Green Roads’ website is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You must make your own judgment regarding whether you should purchase CBD in your jurisdiction. You should contact your attorney to obtain more specific guidance.*