Vermonters Need Not Fear State Prosecution For Simple Possession Of Hemp Oil Products
Recently, the Attorney General’s Office was contacted by parents concerned about the legality, under state law, of their receipt and/or possession of a specific cannabis oil product used to treat children with seizure disorders and other medical conditions. The cannabis oil product at issue is made from cannabis which is high in cannabidiol (CBD) but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and referred to generically as “CBD oil.”
CBD is a component of cannabis believed by some to have therapeutic benefit in treating some medical conditions, including seizure disorders. THC is the component of cannabis responsible for its intoxicating effects. Typically, strains of cannabis (marijuana) that are used for recreational purposes have higher concentrations of THC. Strains of cannabis with a THC level of 0.3 percent or lower qualify as hemp under Vermont law. Under Title 6, sections 562 and 563, hemp is an agricultural product which may be lawfully grown as a crop, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in Vermont.