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Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring derivative of the cannabis plant, but unlike its counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD does not get the user stone. It does, however, produce some rather interesting health benefits. People suffering from chronic depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety issues, panic attacks, insomnia, and joint pain often consider vaping CBD as a less costly and more effective alternative to prescription medications. In a recent survey, as many as 42% of participants with a variety of ailments successfully eliminated their dependence on prescription drugs altogether, simply by switching to CBD.
But users of this wonder-oil may be in for a bit of a shock as states like California and Michigan are changing their CBD laws to legalize the substance but for medical use only. What’s more, hemp-based CBD is out, and marijuana-based CBD is in. The surge in popularity of legalized marijuana legislation across the country may be a leading contributing factor to this latest attempt at government overregulation.
In Kalamazzo, Michigan, state regulators have already made the move to recategorize oil-based cannabis products to fall under state medical marijuana laws, resulting in several businesses specializing in CBD having to shut their doors. The state now only allows the legal sales of CBD products to those possessing a medical marijuana permit. Furthermore, the oil-based CBD can only be derived from the marijuana plant. Hemp-derived variations are no longer legal, which is going to cause a major issue among patients (more on that later).
Oddly, almost at the very same time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel of Kentucky is attempting to fast-track a federal bill that will essentially legalize hemp and reclassify it as an agricultural commodity. Should the bill pass both house of Congress and be signed into law by the President, hemp farmers will finally be able to legally insure their crops, researchers can be granted government funds for research, and individual states can even regulate and tax the product as they see fit.
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Just this month, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) announced the receival of a $4.7 million grant from the private organization and non-profit the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation. The money will fund a study involving CBD’s potential capabilities to help autistic children. If McConnell’s bill becomes law, researchers like those from UCSD will no longer be totally dependent on goodwill organizations like the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation to fund their hemp and CBD research, which is a good thing.
In 2013, the parents of a 6-year old child suffering from severe epilepsy discovered an innovative hemp- and CBD-based solution now named Charlotte’s Web. Within just a few short weeks, young Charlotte Figi’s seizures plummeted from over 300 grand mal events per week to only a few per month. And within months, she regained her ability to walk, talk, and eat of her own volition, all thanks to CBD.
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But the Charlotte’s Web concoction is at least partially hemp-based, which means that it is now technically considered illegal in states like Michigan. And what if the aforementioned research taking place at UCSD determines that hemp-based rather than marijuana-based CBD is more beneficial for autistic kids? Again, the miraculous discovery will not be legally available to autistic children living in states like Michigan because of some misguided piece of legislation.
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reclassified all vaping e-liquids as tobacco products, even though e-liquids are completely and totally tobacco-free. Nicotine is not tobacco, but our political leaders seemingly don’t care much about that. It also seems a similar fate is awaiting the CBD industry, unfortunately.
McConnell says hemp is great. Michigan says hemp is bad. Perhaps legislators should do more research before randomly passing more nanny state laws that can potentially do far more harm than good for public health.
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The vaping industry may be under attack by the FDA and many lawmakers, but the hemp industry is receiving a massive political endorsement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will recategorize the plant as an agricultural product while removing it from the federal list of controlled substances. Its passage and signing into law by the President will make the farming and selling of hemp perfectly legal.
Furthermore, the bill is being rushed through the senate approval process by a rather obscure procedural move known as Rule 14 which allows the bill to forego the normal committee review process entirely. Although the move does not automatically guarantee a full vote by the Senate, the controversial piece of legislation could theoretically be introduced to the senate floor as early as May 21, 2018.
The bill is also receiving bipartisan support from a select group of hemp-friendly senators, including Sen Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Sen. Jeff Merkely (D-Oregon), and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). According to recent reports, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department in accordance with scientists from the University of Louisville is currently conducting a pilot program involving the growing of hemp as a biofuel and energy source. There are at least five Kentucky-based hemp pilot projects currently in the works.
Kentucky’s interest in hemp is likely a significant reason for McConnell’s fast-tracking of the bill. McConnell was first elected to the Senate by The State of Kentucky in 1984, and as the current Senate Majority Leader, he holds a great deal of political clout on Capital Hill. In fact, McConnell is in nearly complete control as to which bills do and do not get a full-floor vote in the Senate. And what McConnell wants for his constituents, McConnell usually gets.
Regardless of what happens in the Senate, the bill must still be approved by a majority of the House before being signed by Donald Trump and enacted into law. House representatives might also make some tweaks and revisions to the bill along the way, which would then require a second confirmation vote by the Senate.
The legislation also makes clear that states can regulate the commodity as they see fit. Meanwhile, scientists and researchers can legally apply for federal funds and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state departments, and other sources. Hemp farmers will become eligible for crop insurance, too.
Today, some 34 states have passed laws legalizing hemp, but because the U.S. Department of Justice considers the plant to be a controlled substance, the federal laws overrule those of the states. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 may level the playing field once and for all.
Related Article: Does vaping hemp-based CBD prevent seizures in epilepsy patients?
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