If you live in the United States, I believe you must have come across CBD products being sold in Petrol Stations and major pharmacy chain stores. Kennel stores have not been left out either as they’re now selling CBD gummies for dogs as well as massage spas which are now marketing CBD relaxation products inform of sprays, lotions, and oils.
Now, what is confusing about the sale of these CBD infused products is that most of them are sold in the D.C.—metro areas as well as in stores a few meters from the White House. This clearly shows that buying CBD products is legal. But, selling and growing CBD is totally illegal forcing most people to ask themselves whether growing CBD in their backyards is legal or illegal.
To crack this paradox that has left most Americans with a strange fear about its overnight ubiquity, we will start from the basics. First off, you need to understand that there’s no CBD plant—rather, this non-intoxicating compound is derived from the hemp plant.
CBD has a long history that dates back to several decades back. During the 1930s, CBD was posed to be a million-dollar plant due to its widespread support from the likes of mighty individuals such as Henry Ford. However, its death began in 1737 with the Marijuana Tax Act which slammed it with exorbitant taxation.
During WWII, the Hemp for Victory campaign was launched which saw farmers cultivate thousands of acres of hemp in the most Mid-Western states. However, in 1970, the then President Richard Nixon hit the final nail on the CBD coffin by signing the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that saw CBD being listed in the Schedule I Narcotic Drugs bracket alongside Cocaine, Heroin, and Marijuana.
What Does the 2018 Farm Bill Mean to Farmers?
The light of CBD began to glow in 2014 during the Obama administration where his Government passed what is now known as the U.S. Farm Bill. Here, the legislation of CBD was the main topic among other agendas where the right to cultivate hemp was granted in states where its production was legal.
Although the legalization was welcomed with positive criticism, there was a cumbersome stipulation to that where growing CBD for commercial and research purposes was met with a lengthy and very expensive application and registration process.
However, in December 2018, there was a new dawn for hemp farmers as President Donald Trump for the first time signed the U.S. Farm Bill that legalized farming of hemp for industrial use. As an expansion of the 2014 Agriculture Act, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed CBD farmers to grow CBD from small scale to countrywide scale.
What Does This Bill Mean to CBD Farmers?
The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill gave a major boost to freeing CBD from the chains and confines of being classified as a Schedule I Drug. This act gave farmers a gate-pass to grow CBD freely just like any other cash crop such as corn or soybeans.
Since the passing of this law by both state and federal governments, hoops and jumps have been the order of the day with most people confessing their interest in growing CBD. In fact, most people have gone to the point of attending CBD meetings with the hope of cultivating this million-dollar plant at their backyards.
But, before you splash your hard-earned money or retirement savings on buying seeds and supplies to kick-start the project, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First off, the 2018 Farm Bill that paved the way for the legality of CBD was not clear in some areas. Although it did legalize the cultivation of CBD nationwide, a farmer must go back to his/her state to revise the state laws to see whether they do legalize the cultivation of hemp or not.
The main intention of this bill was to offer large scale farmers an additional cash crop they could grow as well as give researchers access to dig deeper into the world of CBD to uncover more of its medicinal abilities.
But before farmers and researchers can proceed to cultivate CBD, they must first undergo a lengthy process of license issuing by their respective state departments which might sometimes take months before they’re given a green light.
Before a license is issued, farmers must undergo rigorous background checks to be verified they’ve never engaged in any drug-related criminal offenses. The law also requires you to submit your minimum acreage requirements before you can be issued with a license.
Finally, farmers must submit GPS coordinates of their farms for monitoring purposes before having a license.
So, With That, Can I Still Grow CBD in My Backyard?
The simple answer is yes. But, before you can put the seed in the ground, you have to be sure that you’re well acquitted with your specific state laws. States like Colorado have legalized the cultivation of cannabis for recreational use from adults as young as 21 years.
This means that if you live in Colorado, you can comfortably cultivate CBD without putting yourself at any risk of legal woes. However, most of these states limit the growth of CBD to only 3-6 cannabis plants at a time.
If you’re okay with that, then its fine but if you’re planning to produce CBD for commercial purposes, then it will be pretty useless. Something else you need to be keen on if you ever decide to cultivate CBD in your backyard is shopping for feminized seeds.
These can be ordered from your nearest state’s dispensary or nursery. Feminized seeds don’t require any cross-pollination so they’re easy to go by. Ask questions regarding this just to be certain that you’re getting the right seeds.
Although the 2018 Farm Act Bill was signed to strengthen the cultivation of CBD across America, only 30 states from a total of 52 have legalized it. That means that CBD is yet to be legalized 100%. With the CBD market being estimated to yield at least $600 million annually, farmers are yet to be given a green light to capitalize on this million-dollar market.
So, if you’re a beginner looking to make a fortune through growing CBD at the backyard, you need to first understand the state rules and get ready to go through a tedious and lengthy process of acquiring a license.