Immediate action needed to save CBD in North Carolina!

My home state, North Carolina, is poised to make a very bad decision for its residents. Senate Bill 124, “AN ACT TO REQUIRE RESIDUAL OIL FROM HEMP EXTRACT TO BE DISPOSED AT ESTABLISHED SPECIFIC SECURE COLLECTION BOXES MANAGED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT” (SB124), is aimed at eliminating hemp oil for law abiding citizens who need cannabidiol (CBD) but who do not have “intractable epilepsy”, the sole condition for which CBD may be used under the proposed law. Unfortunately, SB124 is a bi-partisan bill proposed with two Republican and two Democratic sponsors. It has been placed on the calendar for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and may pass.

SB124’s method for eliminating hemp oil and CBD use is to require all¬†residual oil from “hemp extract” to be disposed of at established secure collection boxes managed by law enforcement. Hemp Extract is defined as “an extract from a cannabis plant, or a mixture or preparation containing cannabis plant material, that has all of the following characteristics: (1) Is composed of less than nine-tenths of one percent (0.9%) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight; (2) Is composed of at least five percent (5%) cannabidiol by weight; and (3) Contains no other psychoactive substance.” By claiming that treating “intractable epilepsy” (along with some other requirements) is the only lawful reason for possessing or using CBD, SB124 seems to indicate that CBD is illegal in NC. It has actually never been made illegal, at least not through the usual channels.

As I have discussed in numerous other blog posts, CBD is legal or not based on its source. I have addressed the fact that NC’s current CBD law, like many other CBD-specific state laws, is toothless in this post. As my readers know, CBD is legal (or not) based on its source. The problem with SB124 is that clarifies NC’s position on CBD, while simultaneously muddying the water on when CBD (or hemp oil in general) is legal. Will CBD and hemp oil still be legal in NC if SB124 is passed? That’s a good question. Certainly, there are situations in which I would argue that hemp oil containing CBD is legal, such as when it is sourced from industrial hemp pursuant to a state’s industrial hemp pilot program or imported from abroad from lawfully cultivated non-psychoactive industrial hemp. However, the law in this area is already complicated and most people, including law enforcement, do not take the time to learn the fine distinctions separating legal from illegal hemp oil and CBD.

The fact the NC is attempting to outlaw hemp oil and CBD in the immediate wake of passing a comprehensive industrial hemp law is incomprehensible to me and many others in the industry. There’s an old saying, “Follow the money.” In this case, the “money” is almost certainly Big Pharma. GW Pharma, a British pharmaceutical company, is currently running test trials for the FDA on a CBD medication called Epidiolex. Bayer and Monsanto are attempting to push through a massive merger. Limiting the use of hemp oil and CBD is only helpful to these multinationals, not to small businesses and the individuals who use CBD and hemp oil to manage their health.

Contact your NC State Senator TODAY. Click HERE¬†to locate your Senator’s contact information. Also, contact the Sponsors of SB124 and tell them what you think:

Don Davis (D) Dist. 5 (Sponsor)

Ralph Hise (R) Dist. 47 (Sponsor)

Joyce Waddell (D) Dist. 40 (Co-Sponsor)

Donald Rabin (R) Dist. 12 (Co-Sponsor)

Posted: March 13, 2017

8 thoughts on “Immediate action needed to save CBD in North Carolina!

  1. T Norman

    My 11 and half year old Chihuahua was diagnosed with cancer in December. She is also an amputee missing a back leg. I started her on CBD oil and is feeling good. She is acting like a dog half her age. Please do not take away her the only thing that is helping her.

  2. Jeff

    I believe those we elect to office over reaches their authority when they chose policy over the will of the people. Natural health care is the choice of the people, whats so hard for you politicians to get it in your thick heads, the people’s voices will be heard and not dictated to by you, and your agenda ti force your views on us.We the people want it legalized to not only help those that need alternative medicine not the poison big pharmaceutical companies sells there concept to our politician’s like those who support this bill,The people will appeal this bill if it passes and those that pass it will be voted out come next election Sometimes i wonder where do these people come from thats in office with there heads in the sand.Help the people that you serve not you darn pockets.

  3. Tyler

    Wonder what the penalties will be for this blatantly unjust, inhumane policy. Why are you afraid to let us have CBD?? It has no psychoactive or any side effects. Are we really suppose to obey a bill drafted by pharmaceutical executives??

  4. Donna Sharpe

    Pharmaceutical companies make money…with no hope of healing ….CBD does help. I have a friend with MS and another going through cancer for the 4th time. Please don’t take away their only hope.

    1. Rod Kight Post author

      Unfortunately, it passed the NC Senate with 49 “yay” votes and one abstention. No “nay” votes were cast. We can only hope that the NC House will come to its senses.


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