While most of America recognizes the powerful benefits of marijuana and CBD products, many states remain yet to see the light. Unfortunately, this results in confusing rules and regulations concerning what is legal and what is not.
Furthermore, it’s extremely important to understand the legalities of marijuana and CBD oil/products prior to purchasing them, especially if you plan on crossing state lines. Let’s take a closer look at the current legal landscape.
Are CBD oil/other products legal?
This question depends on whether you’re referring to CBD from hemp or marijuana. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Congress made CBD from hemp legal nationwide. Please note that individual states may treat CBD from hemp differently, so make sure to check your local law. However, CBD derived from marijuana still remains illegal under federal law.
In Michigan, CBD products derived from hemp or marijuana are both legal. The recent passage of laws legalizing cannabis in Michigan opened the doors for all legal-aged individuals (21 and over) to possess cannabis and CBD related products. At this time, only those with a valid Michigan Medical Marijuana card may purchase THC products. There are no legal sales of THC products to those without a valid Michigan Medical Marijuana card. True CBD oil derived from hemp is more widely available as it does not contain THC.
Although you may purchase and possess these items in Michigan, you must remain careful about transporting and possessing these products in other states. Marijuana and CBD derived from marijuana are both illegal federally. Therefore, you cannot possess them on federally owned or operated land (think national parks, federal buildings, etc.). Additionally, it’s necessary to check the laws in the state you travel to prior to leaving.
Am I going to get arrested for possessing CBD products in another state?
If the law in the state of your travel does not allow for CBD products derived from hemp or marijuana, it’s highly advised that you don’t travel with it. In fact, it’s incredibly important to know exactly what you are transporting.
For example, police recently arrested a 69 year old great-grandmother from North Carolina at Disneyland for possession of CBD oil. Her doctor prescribed the CBD oil for pain. She took the CBD oil with her to Florida, where security officers detained her after seeing the bottle labeled “Select CBD” in her purse. Officers field tested the substance which revealed the presence of THC.
Subsequently, the police arrested the woman for possession of hashish, which is a felony, and given a $2,000 bond. Luckily, cooler heads eventually prevailed and the charges were dropped. However, no one wants to get caught up in such an embarrassing and costly legal battle.
You should only buy products from state-licensed, laboratory tested facilities. Otherwise, you may not know what substances you’re carrying or their legal ramifications.
How do I avoid getting arrested for possession of CBD products?
Stay smart and use your common sense. If the state you’re traveling to forbids the possession of these products, leave them at home. Also, only purchase CBD products from facilities that rigorously test their products.
Not only is it smart to know what you’re putting in your body, but it may save you from a hefty legal bill or a criminal record. If you are in Michigan, adults 21 and over are allowed to possess these products.
I’m on probation in Michigan. Can I use CBD products without being violated?
True CBD products from hemp contain untraceable amounts of THC. Therefore, you can use these products without fear of a violation for failing a drug test. However, you are ultimately responsible for what you put in or on your body.
If the “CBD Oil” you ingest contains THC, regardless of your knowledge, you will be at risk for getting arrested. Furthermore, you must carefully research any facility from which you purchase CBD products.
Christopher Urban graduated from Oakland University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. In addition to graduating Summa Cum Laude, Chris was awarded the Donald I. Warren Award for Academic Excellence throughout his time at the university. Upon graduation, Chris began working as Mr. Morris’ driver for court appointments to gain experience before law school. Chris was awarded the Dean’s Scholar Full Tuition Scholarship to Wayne State University. During his time in law school, Chris was a member of the Wayne State Law Mock Trial Team, being named Vice-Chairman his third year. He also worked in the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic through Karmanos Cancer Center, providing legal services to low income individuals with cancer.
Chris brings a wealth of experience to the firm. He has performed numerous “ride-alongs” with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and the Sterling Heights Police Department. In addition, he was an intern at the Detroit DEA Field Office. Finally, he is a published author (Sexual Victimization: Then and Now. ISBN 978-1483308173). Chris has attended the NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Seminar and the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) seminar.
Christopher is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). Chris is one of a select few attorneys in Michigan to be a part of this prestigious college. He has attended the Summer Seminar at Harvard Law School, which focused specifically on OWI defense trial tactics. Moreover, he is preparing to become board certified as an OWI attorney. The NCDD holds the only specialty certifying test in DUI Law under the American Bar Association.