Social media was buzzing over the last weekend that HB 122a, the hemp legalization bill as amended, would outlaw CBD oil even if it had no traces of THC. However, Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, the bill’s Senate sponsor, said that it was not case. “Nothing changes, It really just deals with anything that has THC” she said.
The legalization of cannabis over different states in the U.S. has definitely relieved some people who were looking for new ways of medical treatment, whereas other show concern over the matter.
The police department expresses their worry about the matter and asks different multi national organizations to come up with a technology that could identify CBD from marijuana on field without any delay.
Many truckers have been arrested for the transportation of marijuana under the current Idaho Law. The definition for marijuana set by the state government in Idaho is any amount of THC present in any substance.
There have been no proper measures developed for identification of the concentration of THC by the government, police still checks drivers with drug substance strips that are extremely sensitive to THC.
These strips are not reliable and due to this, many truckers have been arrested in different states with the allegation of illegal marijuana transportation across states.
Under the arrest of marijuana trafficking, the person is supposed to serve a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison as it is a punishable felony. The HB 122a states that anything with less concentration of THC than 0.3% can be treated as hemp, anything more than that will be continued to be defined as marijuana.
A range of CBD infused products are set to hit the market by late 2019,lawmakers are set out to make firm regulations with the production and distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes.
Earlier this session, the HB 11 was signed into law and passed which legalized Epidiolex, an FDA-approved CBD drug that is available only by prescription. The law specifies that the approved drug can have only up to 0.1% of THC. Anything with negligible traces of THC, Lee said, “It still comes from the plant, but it’s illegal today”.
The amendments of the bill include a sentence which proposes the new definition for legal hemp, which is stated as any cannabis product with 0.3% or less concentration of THC: “It does not include any approved cannabidiol drugs listed on schedule V in section 37-2713, Idaho Code.”
Before the bill was passed, there was no mention of CBD at all in that section of state law; this is the section where the new language for HB 11 about Epidiolex has been included. The new section written about HB 11 says it applies to only the drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Lee said that there are questions being raised about CBD oil with “just a little bit of THC”. Under the current law, she said, “If it has just a little bit of THC, it was marijuana.”
Lee said under the HB 122 as amended, it will be up to the state Board of Pharmacy to develop rules and set stringent criteria for addressing cannabis based products into the market. “How we’re going to manage CBD is still to be identified,” Lee said. “It doesn’t change under the bill or the amendments.”