Legal Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana

How are hemp and marijuana different from one another? Before we get into the legal details, let us first understand the basic distinction between the two concepts. 

Both hemp and marijuana are extracted out of the same cannabis plant. The difference lies in their level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the substance responsible for triggering the “high” feeling after marijuana consumption. Marijuana has a high concentration of this substance, while hemp has a smaller amount. 

Hemp and marijuana also differ in their cultivation modes. While marijuana is often grown indoors in order to focus on the unique characteristics of the plant, hemp is often grown outdoors. This is done in an attempt to increase yield.

Legal Implications

Now, let us understand the legal implications imposed by each of these versions of cannabis. Hemp is the more legally accepted substance. If you are looking to buy CBD oil, it is best to opt for one that is made from hemp and not marijuana. 

In addition, a low-THC oil, or one that has less than 3% THC content, would likely be legal for purchase in Georgia. On the other hand, the same CBD oil, made from marijuana, is considered illegal within the state. This forms the most important difference between hemp and marijuana. Most hemp products are legally available across the state of Georgia. Hemp plants can also be legally grown and cultivated here.

However, that being said, there are still a few legal complications to deal with. Hemp has a low THC content and is thus the more preferred choice in Georgia, legally speaking. However, from their physical appearance, hemp and marijuana look very much alike. This factor makes it difficult for law enforcement officials to actually differentiate between the two. The only solution here is to determine the level of THC present in each of these two drugs. But, owing to the difficulty of accurately measuring THC content, several counties within Georgia have actually put the legal status of hemp on hold until they can reach a solution. 

Uses of Hemp

Hemp, as a plant, has a diverse range of applications. It can be used as a snack for its protein content or in salad dressing. It is also found in several applications in the textile industry. Hemp products that are rich in CBD oil are widely sold across the United States. 

This accounts for more than half of the hemp profits. The oil’s ability to treat different health issues and chronic pain has made it a popular option.

While CBD oil can be used as a food additive, this is an illegal approach. Restaurants and cafes that use CBD oil in their recipes could actually face strong legal consequences. The crux of the matter is that low-THC CBD oil is not only perfectly legal for consumption but is also sold legally across Georgia. 

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

These issues can be legally tricky, and they are also constantly changing throughout the country. If you have questions about the legality of hemp or marijuana consumption in Georgia, contact the attorneys at Lankford & Moore Law today to schedule a consultation. 

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