With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and CBD industries have exploded, bringing a parade of fresh—and, in some cases, first time—processors and manufacturers of ingestible products. In this infant hemp industry, the legal standards of quality have much to be ironed out. This is especially true regarding regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FDA. All of the rules and regulations will take time and, in some cases, could be years, but this has in no way slowed down the CBD industry, which is projected to explode to upward of US$20 billion by 2024, according to Forbes. With this apparent gold/green rush and lack of clear guidance on best practices, the industry is wrought with organizations cutting corners and taking risks.
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