In Florida, CBD is a popular compound. It’s used by so many that it was in the top three states for CBD sales in 2019. There were over 290 million Florida CBD sales that year. That’s a lot of cannabidiol!
There’s no question CBD is a thriving industry in Florida. But with a compound that is not regulated by the FDA and a state with historically tough-on-cannabis laws, you may find yourself wondering what the deal with Florida CBD is. Is it even legal?
While hemp-derived CBD is legal across the United States, the rules surrounding it aren’t the same everywhere. This can make the experience of CBD shopping confusing and frustrating.
We’ll break down everything you need to know about Florida CBD to clear up any confusion.
What are the Florida CBD laws?
In 2019, state lawmakers passed SB1020. This bill clarified Florida CBD laws as well as introduced important changes for the state’s CBD industry. The laws surrounding CBD were previously muddy in Florida, so the new bill effectively cleared up some important points.
According to WeedMaps, the key points the new bill addressed include:
- Legalizing hemp (.3% THC or less) explicitly to go along with federal standards.
- Legalizing hemp extracts that do not contain other controlled substances.
- Specifically legalizing CBD and clarifying that hemp-derived cannabinoids are not considered controlled substances.
If you aren’t familiar with Florida CBD laws, these rules may just sound like common sense CBD laws. However, the state previously only permitted CBD oil use for those actively enrolled in the states’ medical marijuana program.
This is huge for people who may benefit from the therapeutic effects of CBD. Particularly, this is big for Florida’s senior population. With the largest population of people 65 and older in the nation, more access to CBD means potential for a higher quality of life for some aging Floridians.
And don’t worry about getting in trouble for possession of CBD in Florida. It’s true that a great-grandmother was once arrested at Disney World for possession of CBD. But thanks to the new bill, the state does not have any CBD possession laws so long as the CBD is legally obtained and has THC levels within the legal limit.
It’s worth noting that, unlike some states like California, CBD may be added to food in Florida. However, there is a caveat to this. CBD-infused food must be packaged. And no, takeout containers do not count as packaging. It must be in a bottle, carton, bag, wrapper, or other packaging whether it is coming from a food processing plant or a restaurant.
What are the Florida CBD labeling laws?
With legislation regulating the production and sale of CBD in Florida, it’s important that there is transparency in all aspects of the industry. That’s where Florida CBD labeling requirements come in.
Florida’s ACS Laboratory, a leading hemp and cannabis testing laboratory in the state, laid out the label requirement laws in a very easy to digest manner. We’ll summarize them right here:
First, all products must adhere to general food label requirements. This includes a statement of identity, product weight and measurements, manufacturer details, ingredients list, nutrition facts, and allergen warnings.
For Florida CBD products, the general food label requirements are just one aspect of the rules. There are also label requirements that are specifically set up for hemp and CBD.
Requirements include: Batch number, website, expiration date, a required statement (“Product contains a total delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry-weight basis.”), and a scannable barcode or QR code.
The scannable barcode or QR must pull up a link to the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA details all of the test results to ensure that the product is pure and potent and only contains what the label says.
Final thoughts and warnings
Many people have seen success using CBD. We are so happy to see it help users from all walks of life.
But it’s important to remember that just because a product has a COA does not necessarily mean it’s accurate and compliant. Florida law requires results to come from a verified laboratory, but it’s up to the consumer to make sure it really is.
You should always verify that the product in question has been tested by an ISO-accredited laboratory. This means the laboratory has proven they can comply with industry standards to ensure accuracy. To guarantee you get a pure and potent product, choose one with test results from an ISO-accredited lab.
Be on the lookout for our Premium CBD database coming soon. We compile all of the best CBD products that have been verified for accurate testing. This way consumers like you can make an informed decision!