Over the past few months, many of these states have since reverted. Below is an up-to-date list of American states divided into two main categories — legal and conditionally legal states.
Hemp isn’t held to the same legal confines as marijuana. It’s been legal for a long time in the United States, but only through rigorous license applications and approval from US regulators.
Moving forward, we expect the laws to continue to change across federal and state legislature as more people demand access to this safe and effective supplement.
2. Conditionally-Legal States
There’s a big problem regulators face with the cannabis plant — some of the compounds it produces are powerfully medicinal, while others make users high.
Let’s cover each form of cannabis in more detail.
In light of these reports, the world has started opening up to the use of CBD as a health supplement. But with some caveats related to the psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant — namely THC.
CBD is short for cannabidiol — it’s just one of over 400 other compounds found in the cannabis plant and arguably the most relevant for medical use.
Georgia – Legal to use CBD products below 0.3 % THC levels.
Tennessee – CBD is legal if it’s below 0.3% THC. However, CBD for medical use is legal as long as it’s below 0.9% THC levels.
New York – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
CBD on the other hand has no psychoactive effects which makes it safe to use and it’s one of the reasons why it’s approved by the FDA and being used to treat patients.
Louisiana – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Connecticut – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Massachusetts – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Early 20th Century: In the early 1900s, increased Mexican immigration to America introduced marijuana to locals, as they used it for calming and medicinal benefits. But the THC in marijuana produced psychoactive effects and, due to public health concerns, politics, and prejudice, all cannabis products, including hemp, became suspect.
Even though Congress passed a bill legalizing hemp, and subsequently CBD, at the federal level, the hemp plant is still regulated, and some state laws conflict with federal laws, creating a gray legal area for CBD in America.
Why There’s Confusion Surrounding CBD
The Cannabis Sativa plant encompasses many different varieties, but the two you’re most likely to hear about are marijuana and hemp plants. While very different in structure, hemp plants are bred for low THC and high CBD concentrations. In contrast, marijuana plants are cultivated for their opposite balance.
CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp varieties of cannabis plants. But there are also three different cannabis varieties:
2018: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 creates more room for hemp cultivation, beyond pilot programs. It also lifts restrictions on the transportation, sale, and possession of hemp products across all 50 states, as long as they meet federal guidelines.