At CBD Up Close we are dedicated to bringing you the best information and analysis possible. We are, obviously, very interested in this industry and believe that there is a tremendous upside in it for consumers and businesses alike. With that in mind, we recently came across a fantastic page that summarizes state CBD laws that we think you should know about.
And, as the page from the National Conference of State Legislatures notes, if you are considering jumping into the CBD business please, for the love of God, consult with an attorney. They say you should “consult your state department of agriculture or a private attorney” but we have to humbly disagree. Consult with an attorney that understands this industry. We are sure that the people at state departments of agriculture are good, hard working people, but they won’t represent you in court if something were to go awry.
With that out of the way, here are some of the highlights from that page.
State CBD Laws – Highlights
- “California requires seed breeders to register with their local county agricultural commissioner.” CBD Up Close further recommends that you get to personally know this person and other key officials in your county. If you can, do your research and figure out which counties are particularly friendly to CBD companies. One thing that this author has seen work for other companies, including cannabis companies, is to operate in counties that have had financial difficulties in the past and need the money that comes from the cannabis and CBD industries or, better yet, find a county that ideologically approves of these kinds of businesses. Rural counties are usually better at this than primarily urban counties.
- Research is a particularly popular provision many states have enacted within the last few years. You may be thinking that this is only applicable if you’re in academia but in our estimation this is a good harbinger for businesses as well. Policy flows from many sources but one of the largest sources is academia. There’s a reason why there are so many think tanks all over America; they get legislative results. For those of you starting a business in the CBD or cannabis industries get to know the academics doing research in these industries.
- “State policymakers have taken action to address various policy issues — the definition of hemp, licensure of growers, regulation and certification of seeds, state-wide commissions and legal protection of growers. At least 41 states have enacted legislation to establish industrial hemp cultivation and production programs.” To a rapidly increasing extent, the emerald wilderness that companies in the CBD and cannabis industries have been operating in is getting tamed. Companies that survive the transition will be the ones who meticulously follow the rules. Get all the certifications, follow all of the regulations, and befriend the rule makers. This is especially true for companies that have the ambition for significant growth. For companies that don’t follow the rules they won’t have the same access to capital that those companies that do follow the rules will have and those companies that do not follow the rules are living on borrowed time since the authorities can come down on them at any time.
- Interstate commerce is illegal for the CBD and cannabis industries.