What's Legal?

Let's talk about hemp

Cannabis refers to all varieties of cannabis sativa, including hemp and recreational marijuana. There is actually no distinction between the species of plant; they are simply different breeds.

Marijuana is a colloquial or slang term for the varieties bred to yield more flower and maximize THC content. This variety, as people know it today, is relatively new.

Historical Fact: The word, “cannabis” has been used since the 1500s. It wasn’t until early 1900s that the term, “marijuana” was popularized in an effort to demonize its use as a recreational drug.

Note: Due to the problematic historical context behind the word, “marijuana,” it may be interpreted as offensive to use it by some folks.


Industrial Hemp is a variant of cannabis sativa that has been bred to grow stock instead of flowers.

It also must contain a legal maximum THC content of 0.3 percent.

So is it legal?

The growth and sale of hemp in the United States is protected under The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”)  for those who grow in states with legal programs for it.

Section 7606 authorizes "agricultural pilot programs" which "study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp." Therefore, sales and marketing of hemp products are protected under the research and pilot programs authorized in Section 7606.

To maintain compliance, Skyline and all of its hemp suppliers are enrolled in and abide by state hemp laws.

what about the dea?

The DEA has declared CBD as a Schedule I drug in the past, but recently has started the process of re-classifying CBD as a Schedule V to allow its nationwide medical use. As of 2018, the DEA has begun working with the FDA to certify CBD as a medically-approved supplement. This process is contingent on 2018's Farm Bill, which at the time of writing this, has yet to be solidified.

Skyline Isolation’s experienced attorneys are confident in our ability to sell CBD products nationally under the federal laws.

What's the 0.3% THC limit about?

There is no natural point at which cannabinoid content can be used to distinguish strains of hemp and marijuana. Despite this, the Controlled Substance Act drew an arbitrary line at 0.3 percent THC in a sifted batch of cannabis flowers with the objective to define the difference between hemp and marijuana.

It is not based on an analysis of the THC level required for psychoactivity; it is based on an arbitrary decision of a Canadian scientist growing cannabis in Ottawa. His arbitrary 0.3 percent THC limit has become standard around the world as the official limit for legal hemp.

give me the facts straight

  • As of Oct. 2018, the FDA and DEA are developing their classifications of CBD's federal legalities

  • Skyline Isolations only uses industrial hemp in our products

  • Industrial hemp does not fall under the legal definition of marijuana because it contains less than 0.3% THC

  • Hemp and Marijuana are similar plants from the same ancestor, so both contain healing agents

  • Industrial hemp is protected under the 2014 Farm Bill. Both the Democratic and Republican Congress 2018 Farm Bill Proposals contain further protections on hemp

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