Oklahoma is one of the first few states in the US to legalize cannabidiol for medicinal purposes upon a physician’s recommendation since 2016. However, in May of 2019, Governor Ken Stitt approved the passing of Senate Bill 238 or SB238 that moves to decriminalize CBD oil use in Oklahoma.
The federal government supports the production and market of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil since December 2018, which allowed an average consumer to buy CBD oil.
Here is a comprehensive guide to SB238 and how it can affect a person’s CBD routine.
SB238: What is it?
The state government highly regulated the CBD market before SB238. CBD sellers were only allowed to list their business as a food retailer, which means that they cannot claim their company as a medical or health establishment.
CBD stores had to secure a license that was renewable every year. It costs as much as $335, which proved tough for small-store owners.
The retailers were also permitted to sell CBD oil only to patients with proof of their physician’s recommendation. There were no state laws that protected buyers against legal action prior to the bill.
Oklahoma Republicans pushed for SB238, which changed the landscape for the CBD sector. Now, possession and sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol are legalized in the state. Here are some of the changes brought about by the new bill.
In SB238, it is legal to sell hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, and businesses don’t need to file for the license. However, there are particular restrictions regarding the products that can be sold in stores.
Only estate-grown and cultivated hemp should be used to produce CBD and other CBD-infused products. Hemp grown in other states may also be legal, but only if the federal laws regarding hemp growing is abided. The products should also conform to FDA standards on safety regarding hemp processing.
Both CBD isolates or pure CBD and broad-spectrum (containing other plant components) cannabidiol are legal, which includes terpenes, fatty acids, and nutrients from seeds and leaf, and non-intoxicating cannabinoids.
This decision is remarkedly better since broad-spectrum CBD is believed to have more benefits than CBD isolate.
In SB238, human and non-human animals are allowed to use CBD oil and various hemp-derived products.
Disadvantages of SB238
The bill mentions nothing about CBD regulation. It stops the FDA from getting involved, which means that consumers have to be vigilant about the products they buy. The FDA has recently sent out warning letters to 15 companies regarding baseless claims made on the labeling of their products.
It is, therefore, the consumer’s prerogative to self-research about the product they are buying and the reputation of the company that sells the product. There are markers to ensure that the CBD oil purchased in Oklahoma are high-quality, and here are some of them.
Certified Good Manufacturing Practices or CGMP is a distinction given by the FDA. It recognizes companies that prioritize quality and safety when making the products.
The FDA this designation to products that are non-toxic and low-impact. It means that no harmful fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides were used and that the crop location is adequately preserved.
Most CBD companies send out their product samples to a third-party laboratory for testing to determine the concentrations of each ingredient found in the product. The lab should have no affiliations to the brand, and provide unbiased results on whether the company’s formulation ties up with the laboratory’s findings.