California Hemp Association Has a Big Problem With AB 45

Lawmakers are preparing to regulate the sale of hemp-derived CBD foods, beverages, and supplements. But the bill that’s been proposed, AB 45, is receiving major pushback from the California Hemp Association.

CHA is opposed to the bill’s ban on hemp flower sales and they’ve made it clear to AB 45 sponsor Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry.

“We started with, ‘We will not support the smokable hemp ban if it remains in this bill,’” Wayne Richman, founder and president of the California Hemp Association, told “That’s our position. Period. It’s just simple straight-up: The only way many farmers have managed to survive the debacle, the collapse of the CBD market, is by selling smokable flower. They know the markets. And that’s what this is all about: finding markets for products. It’s a new industry.”

The effort to regulate hemp-derived CBD products has been going on for more than two years. Two prior bills failed to muster enough support to become law.



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