The 2018 Farm Bill
In 2018, the US Senate introduced The Hemp Farming Act in its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Among other goals, the act sought to make hemp an agricultural commodity, give states the power to oversee hemp production, and take away the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority over hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018, effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity. As a result, CBD from hemp is legal nationwide at the federal level. The Hemp Farming Act, included in the 2018 Farm Bill, is considered the most important victory in the history of the hemp industry in the United States.
In May, 2019 the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a memo explicitly allowing hemp to be transported across State lines so long as it complies with a State-approved program.