Post date: 6/28/2019

The future looks bright for businesses that want to produce and sell hemp-derived CBD products in Alabama.  The state legislature has passed a bill instructing the Department of Agriculture and industry (ADAI) to develop a plan to monitor and regulate the commercial production and use of hemp-derived products, like CBD.

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, the growers can grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes as Hemp is permanently removed from the controlled substances’ list by the federal law.  Federal passed the Bill that helps the cultivator to grow hemp and use them for better purposes. As the Farm Bill 2018 says, the hemp is not harmful to use as not all parts of the cannabis plant is harmful.

After having this Bill passed, the Federal Law has given opportunity and liberty to the states, individually, to have authority over the regulations on the industrial hemp depending on the cultivation of hemp within the state boundary. Alabama is the first state among all that have changed their regulations and law in some extent to channelize the cultivation within the state. This has been done and implemented for commercial purposes. As a result, the state and centre have smooth interaction and working process on this industry.

  • Alabama: 2014 Farm Bill: In a recent report, a media portal has highlighted the situation of the state Alabama on the Farm Bills. In the year 2014, Alabama accepted the Farm Bill 2014 and started cultivating cannabis-hemp for commercial purposes.

The state used to cultivate cannabis as they said all the parts of the cannabis plant are hemps and can be used commercially. However, the hemps are not marijuana or harmful for the society or people. According to the public notice issued by the Attorney general just before the 2018 Farm Bill, “as long as the grower is cultivating delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol with concentration less than 0.3% on a dry weight basis then they can produce, sell, and process hemp legally within the state Alabama.” The cultivators should be licensed and have the legal authority to produce hemp.

  • 2018 Farm Bill in Alabama: Only in the month of May, 2019, the Farm Bill 2018 has been implemented in Alabama. The ADAI is in-charge of regulation and supervision of the cultivation of industrial hemp within the state. The new and revised laws are yet to be reviewed by ADAI in Alabama. They will also be needed to understand the restrictions and limitations of cultivating hemp according to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry did not clearly say about the hemp processing license or any limits of processing of hemp at any stage. Also, there were no clear law or regulation on hemp-CBD product manufacturing or selling within the state. Hence, the ADAI has published a public general notice before the 2018 Farm Bill comes up that any licensed grower if grows hemp that contains THC concentration less than 0.3% then that will be legal.

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