With the constant changes in CBD laws across the United States, many are worried their access to cannabidiol may be threatened. The good news is that CBD oil is still legal in all 50 states – so ordering it from your favorite brands isn’t in question.

The good news is that some states are making it easier – and adding more protections – to those who use CBD oil. We reviewed the laws with help from ProCon.org, and these are the three states with the biggest changes to CBD this year.

Indiana: CBD oil and QR codes

Although there was previous fear that CBD oil would be outlawed in Indiana, the state won’t take away individuals’ access to tinctures or capsules. Instead, the state is making sure you don’t get duped by a fake CBD product.

A senate bill signed into law this year gave a formal definition to CBD products and allowed their legal sale in the state. Indiana now acknowledges cannabidiol as a “low-THC hemp extract,” which must be: “(1) derived from Cannabis sativa L. that meets the definition of industrial hemp; (2) that contains not more than 0.3% delta-9-THC (including precursors); and (3) that contains no other controlled substances.” Anything outside of this definition may not be actual CBD at all.

Starting July 1, 2018, all products containing cannabidiol must also carry a QR barcode on their labels. The QR code must then go to a website operated by the CBD company in question, which will provide more information about the products. These pages should have a product’s complete ingredients, expiration date and independent lab reports.

How it affects you: These laws are incredibly beneficial to CBD users in Indiana. Instead of criminalizing CBD oil or making it more difficult to access cannabidiol, Indiana wants to make sure that those who choose to use it are safe and have all the information they need at their fingertips. With the additional information, everyone can make sure they are getting the best products for their lives without second guessing the ingredients or wondering if they are getting pure CBD.

Iowa: Medicinal CBD with cards only

While Indiana is making it easier to access only high-quality CBD products, other states are making it a little bit harder to benefit from cannabidiol. Iowa is one of those states, which will put a new barrier between individuals and their supplements.

Starting on December 1, 2018, individuals must register with the state Office of Medical Cannabidiol to receive CBD oil from a in-state dispenser. According to the letter of the law: “a person may recommend, possess, use, dispense, deliver, transport, or administer cannabidiol if the recommendation, possession, use, dispensing, delivery, transporting, or administering is in accordance with new chapter 124E of the Iowa Code.”

So how does one get a medical cannabidiol registration card? The individual must apply to the state for $100 and include their identifying information and recommendation from their health care practitioner. Some people may disqualify for a medical cannabidiol card, including those disqualified through certain felony convictions, or those who did not submit the form correctly.

How it affects you: If you purchase your CBD oil from a local supplier, then you will probably be forced to get an Iowa medical cannabidiol registration card. The good news is that if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits, supplemental security insurance payments or are enrolled in a medical assistance program, your application fee will only be $25. If you buy CBD oil through a qualified online source, then you may still be able to purchase CBD without any further restrictions. Regardless of the regulations, you should always talk to a doctor before starting or ending any supplement for your health.

Virginia: CBD use expansion and “pharmaceutical processor permits”

Although accessing CBD may be harder by the end of the year, Virginia is making it easier to access. More important, the state is making it safer to use as well.

In 2018, two important CBD laws went into effect in Virginia. The first was signed into law on March 9, which expands the allowable use of CBD oil and other products. The law extends CBD oil usage “for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of… intractable epilepsy,” to “any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.” This allows doctors to recommend cannabidiol for their patients if their patients could benefit from it.

In addition, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy is developing a pharmaceutical processing system for CBD extractors. Companies that wish to be certified can apply for a state permit, which would allow them to produce and sell CBD in the state under tight supervision.

How it affects you: The law helps CBD users in Virginia seeking relief through oil products. Not only does it set a standard for CBD oil purchased in the state, but it also opens up doctors to have frank conversations about the potential benefits of cannabidiol with their patients. If you live in Virginia, all of this is good news – and helps you access CBD from your favorite source.

Thanks to state legislators who understand the benefits of CBD oil, more places are allowing cannabidiol access and allowing doctors to discuss it as an option. As the tides continue to turn, we will help you understand the legality and benefits of CBD now and into the future.

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