California Legalizes Smokable Hemp and CBD

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed landmark legislation on Oct. 6 legalizing the sale of smokable hemp and CBD-infused foods, drinks, supplements, and cosmetics.

The signing of AB 45, authored by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, follows a yearslong push to regulate the sale of hemp and CBD products in California. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp nationwide, but California continued to prohibit hemp extracts in food and supplements — even though many exist and are sold on California shelves each year.

Legalization won’t be immediate. Legislators need to develop a tax scheme for smokable hemp and the California Department of Public Health (DPH) must develop regulations. The law will require CBD products to be appropriately tested and labeled.

“We cannot thank the author enough for her tireless and unparalleled work to get comprehensive hemp regulations passed,” Lindsay Robinson, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, said in a press release. “Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry has been steadfast in her approach to create a level playing field between cannabis and hemp while protecting the health and safety of all Californians.”