The Many States of Industrial Hemp

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Production and sale of hemp-derived cannabinoid products continue to expand across the United States. But the legal basis for the markets remains clouded in uncertainty. Cannabinoid products are often derived from the cannabis plant, some of which is still classified as marijuana, which was placed on Schedule I under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule I lists what are considered the worst sort of drugs: dangerous, with high potential for abuse and no known medical application. 

The CSA recognizes certain parts of the cannabis plant are not marijuana and, therefore, are not on Schedule I. Excluded from the definition of marijuana are mature stalks, non-viable seeds, seed oil and residue of cannabis plants, and any products made from them.