Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent a letter to the head of the FDA this week. They requested that the agency immediately begin updating “outdated” regulations that are standing in the way of interstate commerce for CBD-infused foods.
The senators contributed to authoring the Hemp Farming Act, which became a provision of the 2018 Farm Bill, and they made it clear that the law was meant to provide increased access to CBD:
We will be closely engaged in the ongoing implementation of our legislation, as it was Congress’ intent to ensure that both US producers and consumers have access to a full range of hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived cannabinoids.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents detained Hana Gabrielova, a Czech hemp entrepreneur, for three hours at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Sunday.
After a detection dog alerted authorities to CBD lotion and shampoo in her luggage, tests indicated that the items contained an unspecified amount of THC. Ultimately, she was fined $500 for possession of the hemp-based products.
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After public outcry, state lawmakers in Pierre, South Dakota decided on Monday to revise a piece of potential legislation concerning the regulation of cannabis products.
In its current form, the law would criminalize the use of CBD, regardless of whether it’s derived from hemp or from higher-THC cannabis strains. But according to Republican Sen. Deb Soholt, the intent of the bill is not to target hemp derivatives.
The committee plans to revisit the text of the bill next week.
On Tuesday, Wyoming’s legislature shot down a bill that would have explicitly decriminalized CBD in the state.
In Georgia, a group of veterans is lobbying to legalize hemp farming and CBD extraction in the state. The organization says that the change will create new jobs, while CBD will offer veterans a safer alternative to opioids for pain relief.
Georgia does not currently have an industrial hemp program.
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