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USPS New Mailability Policy on Cannabis & Hemp-Related Products

Effective June 6, 2019 USPS Publication 52 Revision: New Mailability Policy for Cannabis and Hemp-Related Products

Mailing Hemp & CBD via USPS

Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the United States Postal Service has been inundated with request and inquiries regarding shipping cannabis and hemp-related products such as CBD concentrates and viable hemp seed.

EARTH Law LLC’s founding principal Courtney N. Moran has been instrumental in the first precedents set in favor of interstate hemp shipping. Landmark cases such as RNF LLC vs USPS, in which judicial precedent was set in favor of the shipment of viable hemp seed, and KaB, LLC v USPS, MLB 18-39 have cleared the way for shipping hemp-derived CBD.

USPS Policy

The United States Postal Service has further defined which hemp products are eligible for mailability. USPS cited legislation that guided these policy decisions, such as the definition of “hemp” in the 2018 Farm Bill and the recent removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

As a result of the 2014 Farm Bill, some products derived from industrial hemp are mailable under specific conditions, which include: A license from a state’s Department of Agriculture authorizing the licensee to produce industrial hemp, and; The requirement that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of such hemp (or its derivatives) may not exceed a 0.3 percent limit. USPS, June 2019

It is important to note that USPS is expected to modify these policies as the 2018 Farm Bill hemp provisions are further implemented and state pilot programs are replaced by federally approved State/Tribal Plans.

You can download the complete USPS Publication 52 Revision here.

If you have questions about shipping a CBD or hemp-related product, feel free to Contact Us to schedule a legal consultation.

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