Is CBD Legal in Your State?

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Is CBD Legal in Your State?

CBD (cannabidiol), which has been sweeping the nation with its many potential health benefits, is hitting a bit of a lag in regards to its legality in the U.S. The issue is that CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which is mostly known for its production of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)–the chemical in weed that gets you high.

While the two cannabinoids come from the same plant, there are critical differences between them. Mainly, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot get you high, whereas THC is psychoactive and can get you high.

The recent farm bill legalized the production of hemp, which contains minimal amounts of THC and is the plant from which most CBD is derived, on a federal level. But different states have different takes on whether CBD should be legal.

Whether you’re an avid CBD user, just getting started, or are only interested in all the buzz around the new darling of the health and wellness industry, it’s helpful to know whether or not CBD is even legal in your state.

While the law in some states is crystal clear, that’s not the case in all states. If you want to know whether or not CBD is legal in your state, look no further. However, remember that the laws concerning CBD are still in flux in many states. Be sure to check to see what changes recent state legislature may have brought.

Here is our list of CBD’s legality state-by-state.

Alabama – Illegal

Generally speaking, CBD is illegal in Alabama. The only exception to the law is in the case of children in the state who suffer from debilitating seizures. Possessing and or intending to sell CBD in Alabama could result in anywhere from a misdemeanor to felony charges, which are punishable up to ten years.

Alaska – Legal

Arizona – Legal

Arkansas – Legal

California – Legal

Colorado – Legal

Connecticut – Legal

Delaware – Legal

Florida – Legal

Georgia – Legal

Hawaii – Legal

Idaho – Legal

Illinois – Legal

Indiana – Legal

Iowa – Illegal

Although many residents of Iowa have sold and still do sell CBD products within the state, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Public Health have deemed CBD illegal.

Kansas – Legal

Kentucky – Legal

Louisiana – Legal

Maine – Legal

Maryland – Legal

Massachusetts – Legal

Michigan – Legal

Minnesota- Legal

Mississippi – Legal

Missouri – Legal

Montana – Legal

Nebraska – Legal

Nevada – Legal

New Hampshire – Legal

New Jersey – Legal

New Mexico – Legal

New York – Legal

North Carolina – Legal

North Dakota – Legal

Ohio  – Illegal

As of September 2018, CBD is classified under the state’s medical marijuana law as illegal.

Oklahoma – Legal

Oregon – Legal

Pennsylvania – Legal

Rhode Island – Legal

South Carolina – Legal

South Dakota – Illegal

CBD is still listed as a Schedule IV drug in South Dakota.

Tennessee – Legal

Texas – Legal

Utah – Legal

Vermont – Legal

Virginia – Legal

Washington  – Legal

West Virginia – Legal

Wisconsin – Legal

Wyoming – Legal

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Last modified: June 3, 2019