CBD is widely used these days for its health benefits. Many studies have shown that this cannabinoid compound has several therapeutic properties that can help in alleviating health problems like stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, skin problems, insomnia, migraine, etc.
In the United States, CBD is legal on the federal level but CBD and hemp are still on the list of controlled substances in some of the states. In this article, we will take a look at the legal status of CBD in Florida.
Legality Of CBD
Under the 1970 Federal Controlled Substances Act, all types of cannabis, including hemp and marijuana were illegal in the United States. In 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Hemp Farming Act. This act legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp on the federal level and allowed people to buy any types of CBD products that are derived from the hemp plant if only the THC content in the products is less than 0.3%.
According to the Farm Bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate the labeling and therapeutic claims of CBD. Even though the Farm Bill was passed in 2018, the FDA has not yet approved adding CBD to food and beverages. It is also important to note that the FDA has approved only one CBD-based medication known as Epidiolex. It is used for the treatment of two rare types of epilepsy found in children; Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
CBD Laws In Florida
In the past few years, the laws regarding hemp and CBD in Florida have gone through many changes. The lawmakers of Florida in 2014 approved SB 1030, a bill that legalized CBD oil that is very low in THC as a medication for patients suffering from cancer, seizures, muscle spasms, and terminal illness. The patients have to obtain the recommendation of their doctors to purchase and use medical cannabis that contains less than 0.8% THC.
Another bill, SB 1020, which was approved in 2019, introduced some more changes in the CBD laws of Florida. According to the new bill, hemp that contains less than 0.3% became legal. Also, all forms of hemp-derived products are considered legal in the state of Florida as long as the THC content in them is less than 0.3%.