State Rep. Steve Johnson’s legislation protecting the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil derived from hemp in Michigan has been signed into law.
“CBD oil derived from hemp doesn’t get you high,” Johnson said. “It contains no more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs decided last summer to start classifying it the same way they do marijuana, which contains 5 to 35 percent THC.”
Johnson’s legislation clarified that CBD oil and other products derived from hemp fall under the definition of industrial hemp, instead of the definition of marihuana. This prevents a scenario where a medical marijuana card could be required to possess industrial hemp products.
“Many people use CBD oil derived from hemp to treat pain, anxiety and depression, and to reduce the prevalence of epileptic seizures,” said Joe Brown, a farmer in Saranac who makes hemp wellness products. “Hemp is fundamentally different from marijuana, and I’m grateful to Rep. Johnson for his work to ensure this is reflected in Michigan law.”
Johnson’s House Bill 6331 is now Public Act 62 of 2018.