The Curious Status of Cannabidiol

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The legal status of cannabidiol (CBD) products in the United States has been a subject of much confusion. A recent search-engine review revealed that “CBD is legal in all 50 states”, the polar opposite “CBD is not legal in all 50 states”, and “CBD is not illegal in all 50 states”. Confusion reigns. Recently the federal government enacted the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the “farm bill” , removing qualifying hemp, and its products, from regulation as a Schedule I controlled substance. In a recent press release the Food and Drug Administration has made clear that, DEA’s loss of authority aside, it retains regulatory control over CBD. But, how far does FDA’s authority really extend? In addition, what roles will the US Department of Agriculture, and perhaps, other federal agencies play? While the regulatory picture will continue to emerge, the goal of this article is to explain the current legal status of CBD.


Published by the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York

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