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Is CBD in Pennsylvania Legal?

Did you know that, technically, medical marijuana became legal in the state of Pennsylvania before CBD oil did? It’s true. Medical marijuana was legalized in Penn. in April of 2016. And the Industrial Hemp Research Act, which legalized the production of hemp and CBD oil in the state came into effect a few months later in July of 2016.

However, CBD did beat medical marijuana to the market in Pennsylvania. While medical marijuana became available in the state in February of 2018, retail shops in the state have been selling CBD oil since at least 2015. But, up until now, all CBD oil sold in the state was imported from other states where it’s production was already legal.

Technically, however, CBD oil wasn’t federally legal until the end of 2018 when lawmakers in Washington passed the 2018 farm bill. Within the bill was language that divorced hemp from the definition of marijuana making its production and sale legal.

However, in order to become fully compliant with federal hemp laws, the state had to draft new hemp regulations. The new proposed regulations are now in the hands of US Department of Agriculture. They are expected to be finalized in time for the 2020 growing season.

Hemp CBD oil vs cannabis oil in Pennsylvania

Before we go any further down this rabbit hole, let’s take a few paragraphs to fill everyone in on the differences between hemp-derived CBD oil, and the cannabis oils that are only available at licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

Both hemp and marijuana are cultivars of cannabis. Up until the farm bill was signed, both were federally illegal. The only thing that separates hemp from marijuana is the level of THC produced by the plant. THC and CBD are both members of a family of compounds known as cannabinoids. While THC is responsible for the high that comes from smoking or eating marijuana, CBD is non-intoxicating.

Cannabis oil and CBD oil are made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s resinous flower clusters. This oil can be further refined to produce purified CBD. Pure CBD is odorless and colorless and therefore ideal for use in edible products as well as topical creams and cosmetics.

Both THC and CBD have medicinal properties. Although CBD-rich oils produced from marijuana are only available to the state’s medical marijuana patients, anyone in Pennsylvania can purchase CBD oil. However, not all CBD products are technically considered legal.

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