What the US Farm Bill Means
On December 20, 2018, the US Farm Bill was signed into law to place industrial hemp (the cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC) under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Department and remove hemp from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act (still applicable for marijuana) – an important change for fostering industry growth, increasing exposure and education, and expanding production and availability of hemp.
The law also explicitly preserves the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate products containing cannabis and gives States the right to develop individual plans for legal hemp production. These plans must be submitted to the US Department of Agriculture for approval and will include details about how each state will move forward with legal hemp production. The Farm Bill helps to standardize processes and ensure safe, quality product, while also promoting the agriculture of hemp. It’s powerful legislation for the future of CBD!
What it Means for Rise Life Science
Our lifestyle product brands, Life Bloom Organics and Karezza, feature hemp-extracted cannabidiol oil. Using industrial hemp – the same material legalized by the 2019 Farm Bill – has allowed our products to be available to all US consumers, with shipping offered to all 50 states. Using industrial hemp in our formulations also means that the Rise Life Science brands will benefit from continued and even greater access to quality raw plant materials. The Farm Bill helps to support hemp farmers providing them with agriculture benefits and support not previously available.
About our Hemp and Partner Farm
We source our organic hemp from US farms. Currently, our hemp oil comes from McCulloch Farms, a 12-acre farm located in the exclusive farm use 80 acre zone (EFU) in Washington County, Oregon. McCulloch Farms has been a commercial cannabis farm since 2010. In 2016, they received a commercial recreational license from Washington County, and an OLCC license for a recreational cannabis grow. At the end of the 2016 season, they changed operations to concentrate solely on hemp production and processing.
McCulloch Farms is a vegan farm that practices sustainable farming and has never used pesticides in the growing and production of their plant material. The farm has a filtered drip water system with one drip for each plant. The soil is graded A-1 by Washington County and since 2010, their material has consistently tested free of pesticides and heavy metals. Deep soil tests are taken regularly to ensure quality and safety. These tests are conducted prior to planting and at 6-week intervals during the duration of the growing cycle, at 1- to 12-inch depths. Quality control and safety are top priorities at every step of the way in manufacturing our products, and we require full transparency and compliance – so we are fortunate to have such a superior partner supplying us with our raw material.