Remember when Congress and the Senate passed the Farm Bill back in 2018 and legalized industrial hemp? When the bill passed, many wondered whether they’d be able to ship hemp (and eventually CBD) with the Postal Service. Now, USPS has officially weighed in on the issue. USPS published a policy last week that confirmed mailing hemp-derived CBD is indeed legal, provided the CBD meets THC restrictions. Somewhere out there, Jerry Garcia is rolling over in his grave.
The THC Restrictions for Legally Mailing Hemp-Derived CBD
Before you go stuffing any envelopes full of cannabis, read up! According to USPS and Farm Bill definitions, hemp-derived CBD can’t contain more than 0.3% THC in order to be mailable.
Exact Language of USPS’ New Policy for Mailing Industrial Hemp
Keeping the THC contents under 0.3% isn’t the only regulation that hemp shippers will have to abide by. Obviously, they will also need a license for distributing hemp and CBD products. However, according to USPS, hemp shippers will now also need to keep records proving that they abided by all applicable laws for at least 2 years after mailing any hemp.
The following excerpt is a direct quote from USPS’ new policy:
“Hemp and hemp-based products, including cannabidiol (CBD) with the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of such hemp (or its derivatives) not exceeding a 0.3 percent limit are permitted to be mailed only when:
a. The mailer complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws (such as the Agricultural Act of 2014 and the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) pertaining to hemp production, processing, distribution, and sales; and
b. The mailer retains records establishing compliance with such laws, including laboratory test results, licenses, or compliance reports, for no less than 2 years after the date of mailing.”