Arizona is another state that has embraced CBD since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. Arizona’s officials haven’t given retailers as much freedom as states such as New Mexico, but they have created an environment where retailers and users don’t have to worry about ridiculous arrests and other such things.

Overall, Arizona’s CBD industry is fairly unique, and we’ll go over its unique laws and regulations in the following sections.

State Laws

Retailers have been selling CBD in Arizona since 2014. They were doing it illegally, but Arizona’s officials didn’t try to make things difficult for them. However, Arizona’s state officials have recently decided to make adjustments to their hemp laws to officially legalize CBD in the state.

Arizona’s CBD industry started when the 2014 Farm Bill was passed. The 2014 Farm Bill created the framework necessary for 2018’s Farm Bill to fully legalize hemp production. Arizona didn’t start producing its own hemp until June of 2019, but retailers took advantage of hemp’s 2014 legalization, and they started selling CBD in a semi-illegal manner.

Since Arizona’s CBD industry has exploded in recent years, Arizona’s officials decided to officially legalize its sale in June, and they started authorizing farmers to produce their own hemp farms to meet the demands of the growing CBD industry.

Arizona’s state officials have been fairly lenient with CBD, and while they still have some regulations that won’t appeal to some CBD users, there are a few laws that should be celebrated for going against the norm.

First, Arizona’s retailers are not expected to get a license before selling CBD. Anyone who owns a normal retail store can sell CBD without applying for a license. However, industrial hemp growers must attain a license before they grow their hemp.

While you won’t need a license to sell CBD, you’ll still need to follow Arizona’s regulations. You’ll have to ensure that none of your products exceed .3 percent THC, and you can’t make any claims about CBD’s therapeutic benefits.

You also can’t sell or give away actual hemp plants unless you have a license. It’s illegal in Arizona to sell, give away, or grow hemp plants, seeds, or other parts without obtaining an industrial hemp license from the AZDA. The state monitors the production of hemp plants pretty closely.

However, you can import hemp plants without any issues, and you’re allowed to extract CBD oil from hemp plants whenever you want.

That does create one major drawback for CBD users, though. Since people can extract their own CBD oil from imported plants, and they don’t have to have a license to sell the CBD oil, you might end up buying low-quality products if you don’t visit a reputable CBD retailer.

These home-grown CBD salesmen often use chemicals to extract CBD oil from their plants, and they frequently use vegetable oil, tap water, and other liquids to stretch their CBD oil out a bit. Chemical extraction can make dangerous products if it’s done improperly, and diluted CBD oil won’t work nearly as well as high-quality CBD oil.

One interesting fact about Arizona is that it’s the first state to allow police officers to freely use CBD. Arizona’s officials created a law that allows police officers to use CBD just like everyone else. Some other states don’t care if police officers use CBD, but none of them have created specific laws that allow police officers to use CBD.

Finally, your options are not limited in Arizona. It’s pretty obvious that the state’s officials are fairly lenient, and they don’t really care about the production of CBD food items. So, you can purchase any candies, treats, or beverages that you want without any problems.

Federal Laws

Federal guidelines and laws are why Arizona’s officials waited so long to officially legalize CBD. They’re murky, worded poorly, and contradictory. A lot of the wordage makes it sound as if all CBD products are legal in the United States. However, other parts of the federal government’s CBD framework make it sound as if industrial hemp is the only thing that is legal.

If you look at the federal government’s laws in a more positive light, you’ll notice that the FDA’s guidelines directly contradict them. The FDA’s guidelines effectively prohibit anything that isn’t approved by the FDA, and the FDA only has one product on its list of approved substances. That single product is a form of epilepsy medicine. That obviously doesn’t benefit the vast majority of CBD users.

The contradictory laws and legal grey areas produce a lot of different issues for CBD manufacturers, retailers, and users. They even create issues for law enforcement officers and state-level prosecutors.

Retailers and users run into a lot of problems when it comes to selling or buying a large variety of products. Since the FDA has released guidelines that are difficult to understand, some CBD products aren’t available in a lot of states. That mostly pertains to food and medicinal items. Retailers often have to worry about facing criminal charges or fines for selling the wrong products, and consumers often have to go without very basic products due to unnecessary restrictions.

Manufacturers are affected by the issues in a different way. They typically don’t have any problems creating products, and it’s fairly easy for them to find states that allow their products, but it’s hard for them to transport their products across long distances. Since every state treats CBD differently, manufacturers have to be extremely careful when delivering shipments across multiple states. Possessing food items is a crime in several states, and truck drivers are often pulled over on their way to a state that does allow CBD food items.

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors are put in an awkward position, too. While many of them could care less about CBD, they’re expected to uphold state laws. That forces police officers to make unnecessary arrests in states that haven’t legalized CBD, and it forces prosecutors to press charges that aren’t necessary. Luckily, a lot of police officers have decided to ignore CBD users, and prosecutors in strict states are starting to refuse to pursue charges.

As you can probably tell, state-level officials in most states are getting tired of the federal government’s lack of enthusiasm for CBD, and they’re starting to do whatever they want. That’s why a lot of state officials are ignoring the FDA, and that’s why a lot of prosecutors are dropping charges against CBD retailers and users. The laws simply aren’t fleshed out enough to warrant such harsh punishments. Many officials can’t even tell if CBD sales are illegal or not.

How To Use It

Since CBD is embraced by Arizona’s officials, you have a large variety of products to choose from in the state.

The following products can help with a large variety of ailments, but here is a short list of the things that CBD is most commonly used for.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work-related muscle pain
  • Athletic pains
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aging
  • Acne
  • Various skin disorders

If you’re wondering what products you can use to relieve those ailments, here are three of the most popular CBD products.

CBD Beverages

CBD beverages are no different than cans of soda or energy drinks. However, they’re designed to help you relax. There are many different beverages for you to choose from, and they’re all relatively inexpensive if you compare them to CBD oils or creams.

If you’re looking for a new way to start your day off on a high note, you might want to try a refreshing CBD beverage. You’ll be less nervous before major encounters, you’ll feel more relaxed throughout your day, and you’ll have a more positive outlook on things.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is extracted from different parts of a hemp plant, and it’s the most basic form of CBD. It’s also the most versatile form of CBD.

You can only use your CBD in specific ways when you purchase some of the more complex products. When you purchase CBD oil, you can use it as it is, or you can use it to make your own infusions.

Having a stockpile of CBD oil will allow you to make CBD drinks, desserts, creams, sprays, and other homemade CBD items. Obviously, you’ll have to put in a little more work when you make those products yourself, but at least you have the option to use your CBD however you want.

CBD For Small Pets

CBD isn’t just available for dogs and cats. You can find CBD products that are designed for rodents and other small mammals, too.

These products are usually small treats, and they’re designed to help pets get over their anxiety, depression, or pain. Try not to use a lot of CBD on your small pets, though. They don’t need a lot to experience the benefits that it provides.

Final Thoughts

Arizona is a lenient state that allows its residents to have a bit of fun with CBD. You can find just about any type of CBD product in Arizona, and you never have to worry about winding up in legal trouble for buying CBD.

Retailers, growers, and manufacturers have a few basic regulations that they have to follow, but Arizona is extremely CBD-friendly. If you live in another state, or if you plan on traveling soon, make sure to check out our other state-based CBD guides.