Is CBD Legal In Maine?
CBD Oil A Booming Industry
The sale, production, and distribution of CBD has been a contentious issue across the United States and globally. With some sharp contrasts in national health organizations, federal law, and state laws there has understandably been a certain amount of confusion when it comes to the legality of cannabidiol products.
Recently, as consumers have cited their confusion, many states have finally started progressing towards clearer policy regarding CBD and hemp production. In March of 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill which allowed the sale of edible products containing CBD within the state, officially opening up a now booming CBD market in Maine.
Are CBD Food Products Legal in Maine?
House Bill 630 (LD630) was introduced earlier in the year by three democratic cosponsors, and was a direct legislative response to legal crackdowns that had been occurring domestically throughout the state. The new law finally settles the debate about food products with CBD, clarifying that food additives containing industrially certified hemp would not be considered ‘adulterated’.
CBD has, in effect, been totally legalized in Maine, as long as the hemp its extracted from adheres to federal policy. Legal hemp is defined as any organic plant with less than 0.3 percent THC concentration and more than ten percent active cannabinoids – the ingredient that classifies CBD. The state bill passed with a comfortable two-thirds majority and went into immediate effect after being signed by the governor.
Before its passage, the Maine Department of Health had been sending warning letters to restaurants selling CBD laced products, asking vendors to remove their products from the shelves or face financial penalties. However, at that time, the health agencies had no ability to actively enforce the fines and was typically not backed by law enforcement.
The FDA disagrees with the stance of the Maine government, yet the national organization has no power to actually stop the sale of CBD products. Consumers who haven’t been keeping up with the news likely haven’t noticed any appreciable difference in the market after the bill’s passage, as specialty shops, cafes, restaurants, and pet food stores have openly marketed the product for three years now.
One interesting aspect of the bill is a new advertising stipulation: vendors are not allowed to claim that their CBD products are for health or dietary purposes. Claiming that CBD is a “cure all” could land some sellers in hot water.
Maine has now joined thirty four other states in implementing a hemp research and pilot program, directly funding research institutions which are exploring the benefits of CBD.
Benefits of CBD
For over a decade, positive research has come out regarding CBD product’s efficacy at treating a whole host of physical and mental health issues. CBD has the potential to completely reconfigure the average consumer’s relationship to the health and wellness market. Some claim that full legalization of CBD across all US states would result in a sizable decrease in opiate and over the counter medication abuse.