After the approval of the 2018 Farm Bill, the industrial hemp became federally legal. This resulted in the creation of new rules and regulations that now surround the industry. One of the most significant changes is the ruling made by the US Federal Court which allows the postal service to mail and ship industrial hemp, more specifically, products that are derived from hemp. But is there some truth behind this? Can you now legally send hemp products through the mail?
Problems and Misunderstandings
Hemp advocates have been vigorously pushing for these rights ever since. Yet, as expected, there will be problems and misunderstandings when it comes to legalizing hemp and advocates will have to continue their battle until such time that all these issues are fully resolved.
Courtney Moran, the founder of Earth Law LLC, is one of the many advocates who have been fighting for the legalization of sending cannabis through the mail. When her clients complained about not receiving their products through the mail, she decided to file multiple cases. Her goal was to create a federal judicial precedent that could clearly define the laws regarding the transportation of hemp, clarify the Congress’ stance, and hopefully stop the misinformation surrounding the industrial hemp.
USPS Seizing CBD Packages
The USPS or United States Postal Service has seized several packages containing CBD derived products with the reason that the parcels emitted an odor similar to that of a controlled substance. When the case was taken to court, the question was whether or not the CBD that’s cultivated or grown for industrial hemp that adhered to the pilot program that the Congress has established will be considered a controlled substance.
Moran’s argument was that hemp grown from where the CBD was derived, is in compliance to the pilot programs that the Congress has established as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. The bill states that hemp will be excluded from the list of Controlled Substances and therefore, it should be legally shipped or mailed.
In Favor of the Industry
Eventually, the court was in favor of Moran’s argument on sending hemp through the mail, which is a great victory in this industry. She has filed 16 cases and all these have been decided in her favor. Recently, Moran won another case that added a new twist to the story. Up until then, most of the cases she had filed were related to hemp-derived CBD or hemp products. But this particular case was focused on hemp seeds.
Yet despite these cases, people can expect that problems surrounding the distribution of hemp through postal service will still continue. As stated, there are still lots of confusion regarding hemp. Only when people start to understand the difference between CBD and the psychoactive cannabis that cases like this will not happen. The USPS has law enforcement capability and authority but the truth is that there are still lots of people out there that are using their service to send marijuana.