New agriculture bill legalizes hemp. That doesn't mean it's unregulated.

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Maggie Fox

Many areas of the country have made the decision to look into the viability of hemp products for agricultural uses. This past week, the new agriculture bill legalized hemp, but with stringent regulations including prohibiting its usage within dietary supplements, food or medication.  Learn more about the legalization of hemp, its uses within the agriculture sector and the regulations surrounding it in the excerpt below from NBC News.

The new agriculture bill signed into law Thursday legalizes hemp — something activists have been supporting for years. But that doesn’t mean that hemp products containing certain cannabis-related compounds can be sold freely, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The new law removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act because it has such low levels of THC, the compound that gives other varieties of cannabis its mood-changing properties.

But that doesn’t mean people can just start selling hemp-derived cannabis products as medicine or as supplements, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

Just as important for the FDA and our commitment to protect and promote the public health is what the law didn’t change: Congress explicitly preserved the agency’s current authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and section 351 of the Public Health Service Act,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

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