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Is therapeutic hemp oil subject to Alaska marijuana laws?

An interesting article from the Alaska Despatch news regarding the legality of CBD hemp oil in alaska

Read the full article here or an the extract below:

http://www.adn.com/article/20151028/therapeutic-hemp-oil-subject-alaska-marijuana-laws

Is hemp CBD oil prohibited in Alaska or what?

Industrial hemp CBD oil is currently available for sale at many smoke shops and hemp-friendly places around Alaska — no prescription or medical marijuana card necessary. I spoke to several vendors in the course of researching this column and they all said that no law enforcement agencies or regulators have given them any indication that what they’re doing is against the law or prohibited. It is apparent that hemp CBD oil is being allowed by federal authorities and is not being treated as part of Alaska’s legal cannabis landscape.

CBD oil is not treated the same as regular marijuana in the realm of law for a couple of reasons, chief among them a new federal distinction between cannabis and industrial hemp. President Obama recently signed a Farm Bill amended to remove industrial hemp from the strictures of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which banned it. That move expires in 5 years, but a bill is before Congress that would make it permanent.

Because CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp, not marijuana, buying, selling and transporting across state lines are all allowed. Think of it as the same situation that allows stores to openly sell hemp products, like nutritional supplements or hemp seed granola. All this isn’t to say that industrial hemp CBD oil will remain as accessible as it is now. It may be regulated in the future to some extent.

Domestic hemp production is only recently allowed, though. Hemp used to be illegal to grow in the U.S., and all raw hemp products, whether fiber, plant matter or seeds, were being imported by manufacturers of everything from string to hand lotion, but now an avenue has opened and some states are taking advantage. The landscape is full of speculation and new energy across the country, particularly Kentucky, historically a major hemp producer.

Hemp is indeed a variety of cannabis sativa, but it contains practically none of the species’ main psychoactive substance, THC. Non-pharmaceutical grade oils derived from it typically wind up containing a trivial amount, far far less than would cause any noticeable psychoactive effects in otherwise healthy people. Removing hemp from the controlled substances act makes sense to me, regardless of any medical or industrial uses, because it was never a recreational substance, except maybe for masochists.

Several people who use hemp CBD oils regularly, even a few times a day, for chronic conditions have told me that they feel absolutely no “high.” The main thing they all described was a great sense of relief, a relaxation or loosening of their muscles and joints, and a blunting of chronic pain or nerve sensations. I’m no doctor, and clinical trials on CBD are still being conducted, but the testimonials I heard were compelling.