Industrial hemp and the products made from it are legal, hemp’s cousin, marijuana is in fact illegal in most states and highly regulated in the others. There are many strains of hemp that produce little or no THC. There are also strains of Cannabis Sativa that produce high levels of THC. These strains would be considered Marijuana. There is nothing similar between marijuana and hemp. They may as well be different plants as they are grown differently, processed differently, are made from different parts of the plant and have grown so far apart genetically that they are, for all intents and purposes, completely different plants.
The case HIA v DEA established that hemp foods are exempt from control in the Controlled Substances Act. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion invalidating the DEA.
So the answer is yes Hemp and Hemp food products are legal for consumers to purchase, use and consume in the USA and Canada. This includes the sterilized seed, hemp seed oil, hemp seed flour, hemp seed cake, shelled hemp seeds, hemp hearts, hemp clothing, hemp fabrics, hemp fuel or any other product made from INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
Some grocery chains, health food stores, and retailers in general are somewhat confused and down right afraid to even carry or stock hemp protein or other hemp products because of the threat of the Federal Government. There are laws about where retailers can purchase their stock. For example, a health food store in New York could not buy hemp products from a Colorado company because there is no interstate commerce allowed in the USA on hemp products. Oddly enough, this New York health food store could buy inventory from Canada and then sell it anywhere in the USA legally. Sounds crazy right? This needs to change because American Farmers would benefit greatly from lifting these restrictions on Hemp food products.