Is CBD Legal in Utah?
CBD Oil – Nationally Legal
Few health supplements are quite as contentious or buzzed about as CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-addictive compound found in strains of hemp. In Utah, CBD has popped up everywhere: farmer’s markets, coffee houses, Costco and other giant retail chains.
After the passage of the Farm Bill Act in 2018, the floodgates opened, finally allowing businesses a predictable pathway to fully legal CBD sales. The federal act declassified hemp as a controlled substance and instead deemed it an agricultural commodity, able to be bought, possessed, and sold on the national level. Still, it’s rare that state and national law mix perfectly, and many are confused over the legal standing of CBD in their communities.
Is CBD Allowed In Utah?
Utah lawmakers passed House Bill 3001 (HB-3001) in December 3, 2018. The bill acted to legalize the possession of hemp extracts, such as CBD oils, containing less than 0.3 percent THC. While some thought the bill was just meant to attract more CBD industry to the state by assuring sellers of their legal safety, the bill also acted to increase the deregulation of CBD treatments.
In extension to affirming the state’s support of the federal Farm Bill, HB-3001 got rid of the need for hemp extract registration cards. Now, all general consumers over the age of eighteen are able to purchase CBD products from any licensed vendor who sells them.
Although a card is no longer required for consumers, growers who cultivate, process, or vend CBD products must be licensed by the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture. Unlike other states, there is no limit to the number of growers that can possess special licenses and the fees are not prohibitively expensive for small agriculturalists.
The Department of Agriculture is in strong support of greater regulations that prioritize public safety. “[We] are aware that unregistered hemp products are being sold in Utah and don’t wish to interrupt the market. However, [we] must ensure these products are free of harmful substances.”
This statement was made after over fifty people in Utah were poisoned by fake CBD products, according to the CDC. In just one winter, thirty one consumers went to the emergency room complaining of hallucinations, seizures, and slurred speech after ingesting the fake treatment.
Now more than ever, it’s vital that states and federal government work together to create sensible CBD policy that puts the consumer first and doesn’t just push the market underground. Utah has been working towards stricter labeling guidelines, crop testing, and third party testing requirements in order to make CBD as safe as possible.
What Are The Claimed Benefits Of CBD?
CBD doesn’t produce a high, studies claim to have demonstrated it protects neurons from stress damage, and acts to relieve the pain felt from inflammatory conditions. Considering that many mental and physical health conditions stem from inflammation, CBD has been thought to ease the symptoms of:
- Depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Poor sleep quality, frequent nighttime wake ups, and inability to fall asleep
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Chronic pain conditions like joint pain or nerve damage
- Inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczemaI