Florida has always been at the forefront of science and culture, and as cannabis medicine has risen to prominence over the past decade, Florida has done its part to advance the field. One of the main points of contention regarding cannabis medicine is the difference between medical marijuana and hemp-derived CBD products.
In general, medical marijuana typically contains THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, while hemp derived CBD is non-psychoactive by definition. In Florida, these two forms of cannabis are treated differently by the law, which is good for citizens of the Sunshine State.
Is CBD Legal In Florida?
Although Florida recently passed Amendment 2, legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions, many patients still don’t want or need medical marijuana that contains THC. Luckily, CBD derived from hemp is legal for purchase in Florida, and it doesn’t contain any THC, which produces the high synonymous with marijuana.
While Florida law is extremely vague regarding the term “cannabidiol”, the state is one of the freest in the union overall. Currently, medical marijuana is available for a long list of conditions, and an industrial hemp pilot program was initiated as well, taking advantage of the Farm Bill of 2014.
According to the Farm Bill,”Notwithstanding [in spite of] the controlled substances act…[t]he term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Put simply, section 7606 of the Farm Bill of 2014, in just 71 words, changed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) definition of marijuana, exempting cannabis plants – and any derivatives – with less than 0.3% THC, from the CSA.
This means that hemp-derived CBD is no longer a controlled substance in the eyes of the federal government. While some states, like South Dakota, have added CBD to their list of controlled substances in a lower scheduling, CBD in those states is treated as any other prescription substance, making it difficult to obtain.
For now, if you live in Florida and you want to experience the health benefits of the cannabis plants without the high of THC, hemp-derived CBD products are available for you to purchase online and use at your leisure.
Fortunately, Florida has made no such laws banning CBD from use for the general public, and instead has made no rulings specifically on the standing of CBD by itself. However, hemp-derived products are legal in the state, and a hemp pilot program is already underway, so many Floridians are comfortable using hemp-derived CBD products and there have been no cases of prosecution due to possession of CBD in the state’s history.