With so many events that have been occurring with Cannabis in the U.S. recently, it’s become increasingly hard for us all to keep track of what’s legal where. We get it – it’s confusing even for the “experts.” For the sake of being able to feel confident that you’re complying with the law, it’s important for you to be informed about how your state views things like marijuana and hemp. With CBD oils being especially trendy recently, you should make sure that you can enjoy these products and be legally protected at the same time. So, let’s start your information search with the “Show-Me State.” We’ll go ahead and delve into the essential question: “Is CBD oil legal in Missouri?”
Why was 2014 a big year for Missouri?
For years, absolutely no one was legally able to use CBD oil in the state of Missouri. Then, in 2014, HB 2238 was passed; this law made it legal for those with epilepsy to purchase and use CBD oils that contained less than 0.03% THC and at least 5% CBD. With the approval of a neurologist, people were now able to obtain “hemp registration cards” that enabled them to be able to purchase CBD oils legally. The enactment of this law is really what started Missouri’s progress of gradual acceptance toward hemp and Cannabis in general.
What is the 2018 Farm Bill?
Just recently, the 2018 Farm Bill was implemented. This law legalized hemp products (those that contain no more than 0.03% THC) at the federal level; hemp went from being classified as a controlled substance to being considered an agricultural commodity. Since CBD comes from the hemp plant, it’s protected under this law. However, individual states are able to impose further restrictions on hemp products; for instance, the states of Georgia and Idaho are both known to have harsh CBD laws.
So, is CBD oil legal in Missouri?
Here’s the thing: the current legal standing of CBD oil is incredibly foggy. Ever since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, Missouri has been relatively quiet on what its stance is on hemp consumption. The state hasn’t explicitly stated what currently is and isn’t allowed when it comes to CBD oil. With this being said, CBD stores have been popping up throughout the state. There really haven’t been any arrests made for the possession of CBD oil. However, a very small amount of stores have been raided for either carrying products with too much THC or distributing CBD oil to those without hemp registration cards.
Why might 2020 be a big year for Missouri?
2020 might very well be a historical year for Missouri when it comes to CBD oil and Cannabis in general. Some very innovative events have been occurring in the “Show-Me State” recently. In July 2019, medical marijuana was legalized. Also, this year, after submitting an application and undergoing a background check, Missouri farmers will be able to start growing hemp. In addition, something quite memorable that happened on New Year’s Day this year was the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Illinois, which is one of Missouri’s neighboring states. With all of these recent events being considered, it can be predicted that some more big occurrences will take place in Missouri this year.
Basically, the current state of CBD oil in Missouri isn’t the clearest. However, there’s been a lot of innovative stuff happening when it comes to Cannabis there recently. So, while things are confusing now, they may not be in the near future. Now that you’re aware of the current situation, let’s go ahead and grab a popcorn, take a seat, and watch the future of hemp and marijuana in Missouri unfold right in front of us.