Selling CBD: Nampa woman shares the lengths she goes to make her products
NAMPA, Idaho (CBS 2) —
Just over a month into 2018, the Farm Bill has been signed into legislation, making industrial hemp legal on a federal level.
So, how does this new law impact Idaho? Not at all.
CBS 2 News interviewed a Nampa woman who said she must go through great lengths to make and sell her own CBD products in our state.
By having state laws that are more strict than the federal law regarding the horticulture of hemp, she believes Idaho is missing out on a large amount of potential revenue.
"I needed to help people here in Idaho learn that there's other options," said Amy Weidner. "You don't need opioids. You don't need morphine. You can do it a natural way."
Amy Weidner began her business in herbal medicine several years ago — the art of using plant extraction for medicine.
She calls it Herbal Amy Inc.
Her lineup of herbs that she uses as an alternative way to treat ailments tops 200.
"Clients will come to me and they'll talk to me about the problems that they have and I'll introduce them to herbs that I think are going to help." said Amy.
The products she creates are tailored to each person's body and condition, according to Amy.
About a year ago, Amy said she realized there was one herb missing from her arsenal — cannabis. More specifically, CBD.
"Whether it be PTSD, stress, [or] depression," Amy exclaimed. "I have had several people come out and tell me that they are now no longer on their anti-depressants because of the herbs with CBD."
Getting CBD into her products (legally)
Adding CBD to her products and selling it in the state of Idaho proved to be no simple task, according to Amy.
"Insurance has been a hassle, banking's been a hassle," said Amy. "We were looking at a store-front property and every place we went to wanted nothing to do with me because of the CBD products that I carry and CBD is only one of the 206 herbs that I have!"
Idaho law prohibits cannabis — even industrial hemp containing less than .3 percent THC — which was made federally legal by President Trump's passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
"Idaho state law can be more restrictive than the federal government," explained Amy. "So, if the federal government says marijuana is legal, Idaho can still say 'no it's not legal in Idaho.'"
In order for the Farm Bill to have an impact on our state, allowing industrial hemp to be declassified, Idaho would have to change its law reflecting that.
Because of this — Amy, who sources all of her own herbs and even the goats milk she uses in her products — had to find another way to get her hands on CBD.
So, she outsourced to another state where hemp is legal — Colorado.
A company there grows the hemp and then sends her pure CBD in isolate form, containing absolutely no THC.
Amy then uses the CBD isolates to create her own CBD products — from tinctures to topical lotions.
The future of hemp in Idaho
Amy told CBS 2 she hopes Governor Little and lawmakers will reconsider rewriting our state's law to match the new federal law — making industrial hemp legal — so that Idaho farmers can make a profit from growing it.
"In order for us to be able to maintain tax money, being able to bring in all of this revenue, and being able to produce more jobs," said Amy. "It can produce so many different textiles and it can provide jobs for Idahoans."
Just last year, state lawmakers did consider a bill that would have legalized CBD oil containing .3 percent THC to be sold in Idaho for medical treatment.
It stalled in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
Before that, Governor Otter vetoed a version of the CBD oil bill back in 2015.
CBS 2 reached out to Governor Little to ask what the future of industrial hemp and CBD oil is in Idaho.
He gave the following statement:
I need to be convinced the production and shipping of industrial hemp is not a front to smuggle marijuana into and around the state. We need to ensure the health and safety of our citizens and law enforcement officers.