Now that the holiday season is upon us, hemp-derived cannabinoid (Hemp Cannabinoid) companies are getting busy selling and shipping their products to consumers throughout the country. In addition to limiting the sale and distribution of their products to jurisdictions where these products are expressly allowed and regulated, Hemp Cannabinoid companies should also familiarize themselves with and ensure compliance with their carriers’ guidelines.
This post provides a brief overview of the policies adopted by the three major U.S carriers, the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS, and FedEx, and only addresses the mailing of finished Hemp Cannabinoid products intended for human consumption to end use consumers.
USPS authorizes the mailing of packages containing Hemp Cannabinoid finished products, except that of electronic vaping devices, provided certain conditions are met. These conditions are set forth in the USPS’ Postal Bulletin 22579 dated August 26, 2021 (the USPS Guidance) and provide that the mailer must ensure that:
THC Threshold: Th products meet the 0.3% total THC threshold – note that the USPS guidance erroneously states that the THC concentration is not to exceed a “.03 percent limit”; Laws and Regulations: The hemp infused to the finished products was lawfully produced, processed,