The journey of CBD (Cannabidiol) began in Texas with the passage of the US Farm Bill in late 2018. This bill legalized the farming of hemp in the United States and was the precursor of individual state laws being passed to legalize the farming of hemp and the buying and selling of Cannabidiol products, which does not get you high. Texas followed the Farm Bill with a bill of its own, which passed in the summer of 2019. It too legalized the growing of hemp and the buying and selling of Cannabidiol products. Texas farmers are looking forward to growing their first hemp crop in 2020, pending the approval of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s publication of its rules and regulations for farmers who register to grow hemp.Find more
Several other states, including Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina and Kentucky, to name a few, are ahead of Texas by a couple of years and farmers there have been growing and selling their hemp to processors, who extract the Cannabidiol and sell it as tinctures, topicals and edibles for humans, as well as pets. Farmers have switched from growing other crops, such as tobacco and cotton, into growing of hemp, with the promises of making double the revenue from the newly approved crop.
Why is Cannabidiol not a felony anymore? What changed? The problem was that hemp looks and smells just like its sister plant, marijuana, the infamous plant used by people to get high. Consequently, hemp, along with marijuana, was outlawed in the 30’s by the United States because law enforcement and others could not tell the difference between the two plants so they threw out the baby with the bath water. It was not corrected until 2018, when the Farm Bill was passed, reestablishing the legality of the hemp plant.