Bill Would Clarify Rules on Hemp CBD

California has inched one step closer toward approving — with regulations — the manufacture and sale of food and beverages containing hemp-derived CBD.

Confused? You should be. Currently, state law concerning industrial hemp is strange, which is why lawmakers are seeking this change to begin with. According to the California Department of Health, “although California currently allows the manufacturing and sales of cannabis products (including edibles), the use of industrial hemp as the source of CBD to be added to food products is prohibited. Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human and animal consumption, CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement.” 

Under AB 228, passed by California Senate’s Health Committee Thursday, foods, drinks, and cosmetics made using industrial hemp are no longer deemed “adulterated” and can therefore be processed and stocked on store shelves without threat of removal by health regulators. The bill is supported by US Hemp Roundtable, the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association, and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

AB 228 was authored by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. It is now headed to the Senate’s Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.


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