Excellent news: As of June 6th, the United States Postal Service (USPS) provided new mailing standards for hemp and hemp-based products.
Legally Ship Hemp Products with USPS
The full bulletin, which includes the new policy update entitled “Publication 52 Revision: New Mailability Policy for Cannabis and Hemp-Related Products,” simplifies the requirements for mailing hemp products and explains the recent changes made since the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp was passed.
The exact wording of the new policy is:
“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:
- 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
- The mailer retains records establishing compliance with such laws, including laboratory test results, licenses, or compliance reports, for no less than two years after the date of mailing.”
These new USPS guidelines essentially state that all hemp and hemp-based products to be shipped must be produced according to applicable state and federal laws and that the entity mailing the product is responsible for their own legal obligations. Additionally, hemp and CBD products may not be shipped if they exceed the federally defined 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol level for hemp.
A Win for the CBD Industry
While there are still significant mailing restrictions in place, this is a huge win for the cannabis industry. In fact, this recent update is actually less restrictive than what hemp advocates from the U.S. Hemp Roundtable recommended in a letter sent in April 2019 to Louis J. DiRienzo, the Assistant Inspector in Charge at the United States Postal Inspection Service.
In that letter, it was suggested that the USPS should allow hemp products to be mailed, but it said the mailing entity should have evidence in the form of a “signed self-certification statement” that the product they are sending meets federal requirements. Additionally, the letter requested proof of any tests performed.
This new USPS policy is even less restrictive and only requires mailers to keep those records for two years: “A mailer is not required to present the documentation at the time of mailing, but such documentation may be requested either at that time or on a later date if there is doubt about the item’s mailability or the addressee’s ability to legally receive it.”
What This Means for CBD Businesses
While state and federal guidelines regarding hemp-derived CBD and hemp products still widely vary, being able to mail these products legally eliminates a significant amount of distribution problems within the industry. As of the date of this publication, other major mailing services including FedEx and DHL still have hemp on their banned substances list.
The USPS guidelines should make it easier and more convenient to ship hemp and CBD products to customers all across the country and seem to point to good times ahead for those seeking health and wellness.
Of course, this doesn’t go without warning. Ultimately, it’s up to the person mailing the product to know the legality of the product they are providing. Some things to consider include:
- the amount of THC
- the source of the product
- federal compliance
Do your research ahead of time, and you won’t be caught unaware.
The Best CBD in Texas
What does that mean for Hill Country Pharm Haus? Even if you don’t live near Canyon Lake, Seguin, New Braunfels or within the great state of Texas for that matter, you will soon be able to receive the consciously cultivated and safely produced hemp and CBD products that Hill Country Pharm Haus manufactures and sells.
And that’s great news, because you should never settle for less than the best.