Tag Archives: Hemp

European Food Safety Authority Warns that Eating Hemp Foods Can Cause Elevated THC Levels if Ingested in High Quantities

On January 7, 2020, a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report looked at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels in 12 different categories of hemp foods, including hemp oil, breads and teas.  EFSA also reviewed THC levels in foods, like cereals, pasta, chocolate, and beer.  More than 1,500 samples were collected from countries, such as Romania, Czech Republic, … Continue Reading

Farmers Can Now Apply for Federal USDA Hemp Production Licenses

In addition to establishing requirements for State and Tribal hemp production plans, USDA’s U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program establishes a federal plan to regulate hemp production by producers in areas where hemp production is legal but not covered by an approved State or Tribal Plan. USDA maintains a list of the status of State and … Continue Reading

USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Act

On October 29, the USDA announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. As our readers know, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and assigned regulation of hemp production to the states with oversight by USDA. The Domestic Hemp Production Program creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the … Continue Reading

States Await USDA Hemp Regulations

As our readers know, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and assigned regulation of hemp production to the states with oversight by USDA. The spring Unified Agenda, released in May 2019, indicated that the hemp production rule was to be released as an interim final rule in August. USDA previously … Continue Reading

Trade Associations Send Letter to All Members of Congress Urging Action on CBD in Dietary Supplements

On October 8, the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and the United Natural Products Alliance – a group of trade associations representing the dietary supplement and natural products industries, sent a letter to all 535 members of Congress urging them to pass legislation that would make … Continue Reading

Congress Continues to Seek Regulatory Clarity on CBD from FDA

A bipartisan group of members of Congress sent a letter to FDA on September 19 urging the Agency to quickly provide legal clarity and establish a regulatory pathway for food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). “We appreciate FDA’s proactive approach towards pursuing a legal pathway for the production of hemp-derived products containing CBD … However, FDA’s … Continue Reading

Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill Amendment That Would Compel FDA to Issue CBD Enforcement Discretion Policy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced language into a Senate appropriations bill that would require FDA to issue temporary guidance on enforcement related to products containing cannabidiol (CBD).  The amendment, which was shared with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, would require FDA to provide Congress with a report on how it will develop its … Continue Reading

Update on the Regulation of CBD-Infused Products

As previously reported on this blog, state regulators want a role in the regulation of CBD-infused food, beverages, and supplements. And while industry has been pressuring FDA to create a pathway for the lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements, currently, under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), CBD (or … Continue Reading

Bill Introduced to Protect State Cannabis Programs from Federal Interference

As previously reported on this blog, while the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, its passage did not affect FDA’s authority to regulate cannabidiol (CBD) or other hemp products in FDA-regulated products. In December 2018, FDA released a statement clarifying that it is illegal to sell a food or dietary supplement that … Continue Reading

FDA Announces New Steps to Advance Regulatory Framework for CBD Products

Interest in products derived from cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD) has been high for the past couple of years and only increased when Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018.  Among other things, the law established a category for “hemp,” defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis (e.g., … Continue Reading

New York City, Ohio, and Maine Crackdown on Food Products with CBD

City and state officials in New York, Ohio, and Maine have placed embargoes on food products containing cannabidiol (CBD).  The embargoes, which appear to have all begun in January, require restaurants and retailers to remove all CBD-containing food products from their shelves and prohibit their sale.  In all three jurisdictions, however, restaurants and retailers were … Continue Reading

In Light of 2018 Farm Bill, FDA Issues Statement on Use of CBD in Food; Completes Evaluation of 3 Hemp-Related GRASNs

The Agriculture Improvement Act (also known as “the 2018 Farm Bill”) was signed into law on December 20, 2018.  Among other things, the law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis (e.g., CBD) with extremely low (less than 0.3% on … Continue Reading

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