Is CBD Oil in Utah Legal?
It’s safe to say that finding any information on CBD oil and its legal status in Utah is extremely difficult. There are a few articles on CBD oil in Utah scattered throughout the internet, and if you’re like most people, you’ve probably read through most of them only to find yourself confused.
Why is CBD Oil Such a Controversial Topic?
While there are resources on the internet regarding CBD oil in Utah, most don’t do a good job of explaining what CBD oil is?
Your Solution (CBD made simple)
This post aims to make the topic of CBD oil in Utah simple. It will answer the most important questions regarding CBD oil in order to give you a good understanding of the product and its laws in Utah.
At the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of CBD oil in Utah, and the knowledge needed to make the right decision on purchasing any CBD products.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabinol (CBD) is one of the many compounds found in hemp, a variation of the plant Cannabis Sativa. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that taking CBD oil and other products cannot get you high. CBD actually has properties that counteract the psychoactive effects of other compounds found in hemp. CBD oil is extracted from CBD rich hemp plants and was even used in the 1900s to make medicine because of its many benefits. Marijuana, just like hemp, is a variation of Cannabis Sativa, this leads to the popular misconception that hemp/CBD products, can get you high. Although these two crops come from the same parent plant, there are key scientific differences that set them apart.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
What is Hemp?
Hemp plants are tall and sturdy plants that are grown outdoors. They have been used by humans for centuries to make ropes, medicines and oils. Hemp plants contain a very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to Cannabinol (CBD) ratio. THC is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the mind-altering effects associated with Marijuana. Hemp has a low THC level (about .3%), it is not psychoactive, meaning products made from hemp like CBD oil cannot get you ‘stoned’. CBD is non-psychoactive and has shown to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD products like CBD oils have also become very popular in Utah and throughout the United States, for there have been many studies with the purpose of highlighting the medical benefits of this non-Psychoactive compound in the recent years.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana, on the other hand, is a small bushy plant that is typically grown indoors under very controlled conditions to achieve a higher THC level. This variation of Cannabis was used for religious ceremonies in the early 1900’S and is used today for recreational and medical use. Medical Marijuana contains anywhere between 5% – 24% THC with stronger strands containing up to 30% THC. In Utah and parts of the U.S, the legal definition of hemp is a Cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC. The scientific differences in these two plant variations play a role in defining their legal status in states like Utah.
What is The Legal Status of CBD Oil?
Hemp/CBD banned in the U.S, but not for long.
All forms of Cannabis, including hemp, were classified as Schedule I drugs by the United States Controlled Substances Act in 1970. This meant that the cultivation of this infinitely useful industrial crop became illegal and that the general public in the state of Utah and the United States was deprived of CBD oils and other CBD products. This ban was largely due to the social stigma at the time and the terrible, yet too common misconception that hemp is dangerous and only good for getting high.
Americans Fight Back.
Americans were not happy about one of their most economically vital and industrial leading crops being banned. Soon after Cannabis was made illegal, many medical and political organizations were formed for the sole purpose of reclaiming the rights to cultivate and manufacture hemp/CBD products in the United States. Throughout the years, many petitions were made to remove Hemp from the Schedule I drugs list in order to be legally prescribed by doctor/physicians.
The Road to Hemp/CBD Legalization
Pro-hemp/CBD organizations saw little success during their first few years with the exception of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. This law allowed Americans to use Cannabis prescribed by a doctor/physician in order to treat medical inflictions including glaucoma, cancer and AIDS. The movement to decriminalize Hemp/CBD started to gain more influence in the early 2000’s as politicians Ron Paul and Mitch McConnell became vocal activists for the crop. Ron Paul took an even more active role by submitting bills since 2005 that will define industrial hemp, remove it from the Schedule I drugs list and let regulation be determined by the state. These three sections of Ron Paul’s bill would become the main focus for hemp activist groups and would have a considerable influence on the bill that would eventually legalize hemp/CBD.
A Breakthrough that Swept the Nation
After more than thirty years, the biggest breakthrough for the decriminalization of Hemp and CBD products happened in 2013, when CNN program featured a family using a CBD rich product to treat their daughter’s seizures. The story titled “Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures “immediately went viral and increased demand for CBD rich products like CBD oils. The story had a huge influence and was the driving factor for President Obama signing the Farm Bill of 2014 into law.
The Farm Bill of 2014
The Farm Bill of 2014 defines industrial hemp as different from Marijuana and allows for the plant to be cultivated by state departments and institutions of higher education for research purposes. The Farm Bill also gives the states the power to use research and pilot programs.
What Does this Mean for Americans?
Several states, including Utah, have taken advantage of the Farm Bill of 2014 by defining Hemp as different from Marijuana and implemented hemp/CBD research and pilot programs. Marketing and sales of Hemp products such as CBD oils and CBD edibles are allowed under federal law, but the products and circumstances the products can be purchased and consumed are contingent upon the regulations set by state legislation.
In other words, if you wanted to purchase a specific hemp/CBD product, you would have to check if your state allows the possession of the said product and under what circumstances the product can be consumed.
CBD Oil in Utah
In March of 2014 house bill 105 was unanimously passed by Utah Senate allowing the use of hemp/CBD products such as CBD oils in the state. This was a long-awaited victory by hemp/CBD groups including the epileptic community, who had lobbied tirelessly for six months to pass the bill. Under the bill, individuals can possess and consume hemp products including CBD oils. This means that parents with epileptic children now have the peace of mind of having hemp/CBD products as long as they have permission from a doctor. The bill defines doctor permission as: “a neurologist signing a statement that an individual or minor could benefit from treatment with hemp extract”. Adults are also allowed to use hemp/CBD products with doctor approval.
It was a surprise to many that the bill was passed unanimously with a 26 to 0 vote in just six months, for the epileptic community had a hard time convincing conservative Senate of the benefits of hemp. The biggest challenge was breaking the senate’s paradigm that hemp is not the same as Marijuana and that that hemp/CBD doesn’t have the same mind-altering effects of its psychoactive cousin.
Thankfully, the bill was signed later that year by Governor Gary Herbert, giving the hemp/CBD community reassurance of a positive future for CBD and other hemp products in the state of Utah. Individuals in the market for hemp/CBD products in Utah must clarify that the CBD product has no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight and contains no other psychoactive substance. Hemp products that contain more than .3% THC are considered Marijuana and are considered illegal in the state of Utah.
Where Can I Buy Hemp Products?
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Do we ship to Utah?
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