Is CBD Legal In Missouri?

by in US Law September 26, 2019

Missouri Laws Regarding CBD

Hemp is now legal. In 2018, the federal government of the United States passed the Farm Bill, which made hemp and hemp derivatives legal in all 50 states. Yet many states continue to make hemp derivatives such as CBD illegal or heavily regulated. Missouri is one of these states.

What Is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the component found in marijuana that causes euphoria. CBD does not create this type of euphoria. As with all cannabinoids, CBD reacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system and may lower anxiety, reduce stress, relieve pain, and elevate mood. The endocannabinoid system is part of the endocrine system and is responsible for regulating these types of internal processes.

CBD does not contain THC, and in many states, it is not considered a controlled substance. There have been many reported health benefits associated with CBD use, such as those mentioned above. The research still needs to be done to determine whether or not CBD is safe and effective, but users have been reporting good results with CBD in various forms.

You can get CBD in pills, oils, tinctures, creams, and as edibles. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider consumable CBD to be generally recognized as safe. The FDA also cracks down on CBD distributors who make false health claims about CBD, and they warn consumers that any such claims have not been tested, proven, or evaluated by the FDA.

CBD In Missouri

In 2014, Missouri voters passed a law that allowed for medicinal marijuana to be purchased used in the state under certain conditions. Patients suffering from a variety of illnesses can get prescriptions for medical marijuana. Illnesses include but are not limited to seizures, glaucoma, epilepsy, cancer, HIV, any terminal illnesses, autism, sickle cell, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

While this is a long list for people to qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions, the only people who are allowed to get prescriptions for CBD are people who suffer from intractable epilepsy. To qualify, you must petition a regulatory body known as the Missouri Hemp Extraction Registry to get a registration card through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 

If approved, your license is only good for one year, and there are only two facilities licensed in Missouri to produce and sell CBD, which Missouri refers to as hemp extract. Then, you are only allowed to have 20 ounces in your possession at any given time, and only if you have intractable epilepsy, and only if your physician has signed the appropriate waiver.

CBD Stores in Missouri

If this article shocks you because you’ve seen stores selling CBD products in Missouri, you’re not wrong. They exist in Missouri just like they do in every other state. But they are operating in a very grey area of the law, because while hemp is now legal, Missouri continues to regulate CBD or hemp extract. 

Also, many people are selling CBD in edible form, and the FDA says that is illegal. This raises a lot of legal and ethical questions, but what we know for sure is that there still needs to be a lot of time and research before CBD’s effectiveness is fully known.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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