New agriculture bill legalizes hemp. That doesn’t mean it’s unregulated.

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By Maggie Fox

The new agriculture bill signed into law Thursday legalizes hemp — something activists have been supporting for years. But that doesn’t mean that hemp products containing certain cannabis-related compounds can be sold freely, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The new law removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act because it has such low levels of THC, the compound that gives other varieties of cannabis its mood-changing properties.

But that doesn’t mean people can just start selling hemp-derived cannabis products as medicine or as supplements, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.