CBD Hacker Releases Hemp and CBD Industry Reactions to the 2018 Farm Bill

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The new law contains provisions that will explicitly make hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids legal throughout the United States.

The 2014 Farm Bill made it possible to grow hemp under state-sponsored pilot programs, but there were still many barriers for hemp growers and CBD companies. We spoke to leaders and influencers in the hemp and CBD industries to find out what this new law will mean for them and for their customers.

CBD Hacker spoke to hemp industry leaders and influencers to get their reactions to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives followed the Senate in approving the bill, and it will take immediate effect as soon as the President signs the it into law.

This is a huge victory for the hemp industry, because the bill contains provisions that will clearly make hemp and hemp-derived products legal throughout the country.

Hemp played a critical role in the US economy until the 1950s. But misinformation campaigns convinced the public that this versatile and useful plant was too dangerous for domestic cultivation. With the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, hemp farming was effectively banned for decades.

“The 2014 Farm Bill made it possible to grow hemp under the purview of state-sponsored pilot programs,” said Meg Kramer, CBD Hacker’s managing editor. “And while that was a big step for hemp agriculture, there were still many barriers for hemp growers and companies that manufacture hemp-derived products like CBD. We spoke to leaders and influencers in the hemp and CBD industries to find out what this new law will mean for them and for their customers.”

For the article, CBD Hacker spoke to the following individuals about the changes that the new Farm Bill will bring:

  • Raza Lawrence - Partner, Margolin & Lawrence
  • Jonathan Miller - Member-in-Charge, Frost Brown Todd and General Counsel, US Hemp Roundtable
  • Gunhee Park - Founder, Populum
  • Dr. Rachna Patel - Medical Marijuana & CBD Oil Expert
  • Lex Pelger - Chief Science Officer, Bluebird Botanicals
  • Dylan Summers - Director of Government Affairs, Lazarus Naturals
  • Chelsea Wetherell - Marketing Director & Events Coordinator, Hemp Farmacy

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