What Is CBD, and Are You Safe to Use It?

What Is CBD, and Are You Safe to Use It?

February 13, 2020

If you’ve heard about the recent craze with CBD products that seems to be sweeping the nation, you might wonder whether or not these products are actually safe and legal for you to use. After all, CBD products use cannabidiol, which comes from plants like hemp. There might be some legal gray area with regard to the use of these products.

However, last summer, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a new law that provided some greater clarity as to which CBD products are legal in the state. The bill also allows farmers to grow hemp as a crop in Texas.

Now, there is a federally-approved program that Texas farmers can use to grow hemp as an industrial crop. There are specific procedures in place for sampling, testing and inspection of the product. The bill expanded the type of hemp products that can be purchased legally in the state to include any products that have less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in plants like marijuana, hemp and other cannabis family plants.

While there had been CBD oils, tinctures and other products available on the market in Texas before this law went into effect, those that contained trace amounts of THC were still considered illegal. Now products with less than that negligible amount of THC are legal in the state, so long as they are made out of industrially-produced hemp and meet certain quality and labeling standards established by the state.

Marijuana and marijuana products are still illegal

Despite this overhaul of laws concerning hemp and CBD in Texas, it should be noted that marijuana remains illegal. Bills that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana have failed in the state, though there have been slight expansions of the medical marijuana program.

The move to reclassify hemp as different in essence than marijuana and approve these other changes, though, was met with bipartisan approval. Many state lawmakers said the bill was long overdue. They also praised its ability to give farmers in Texas the opportunity to grow hemp, a product that has come into significant demand due to the massive influx of hemp products on the market. Farmers will now be able to further diversify their operations and enter a new industry.

Hemp and marijuana had previously been defined as the same in the state of Texas, meaning both were broadly illegal. This is because both come from the cannabis plant family. However, unlike marijuana, hemp contains very low levels of THC, which is the main reason why bills such as this one are gaining momentum across the country.

Marijuana advocates in the state are still pushing for decriminalization of the substance, but say legalizing hemp is a big step forward.

To learn more about the state’s laws regarding marijuana and hemp possession and usage, we encourage you to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer specializing in CBD and hemp in Texas. Get in touch with the Law Office of Rob Biggers—we look forward to working with you and answering any questions you have.

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