D8 THC has made a buzz around the cannabis market recently. A noteworthy anomaly of D8-THC is its legal status in the US. Ever since the Farm Bill permitted legal hemp-derived CBD next to illegally cultivated D9-THC, processors began using fifty-year-old chemistry and technology. Due to a loophole in the Bill, massive quantities of legal […]
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After a dramatic rulling by the DEA making DELTA 8 THC illegal in the United States, following by the removal of products of the shelves, companies have decided to sue the DEA and to restore the sale of DELTA 8 THC products.
DELTA 8 THC suppliers are suing the DEA: DELTA 8 THC products have been restored to the shelves after the decision of hemp suppliers, to sue the DEA over DELTA 8 THC ban and now, once again, DELTA 8 THC is sold online. The company behind this latest move is Hempire Direct, one of the leading suppliers of DELTA 8, that made it clear it is going to fight the DEA in court.
As a result you can now, once again, buy DELTA 8 THC products online. As legal actions such as this one, could take months, if not years, to resolve, we will still be able to buy DELTA 8 THC vapes, DELTA 8 THC softgels, D8 tinctures, syringes, topicals and other future DELTA 8 products we expect to see coming soon.
Companies Taking Action
The company currently leading the battle to restore the sale of DELTA 8 THC products is Hempire Direct. A day after the latest rulling by the DEA became known to the public, Hempire announced that not only it is sueing the DEA it will also be resoring all DELTA 8 products (taken off shelf a day before). Moreover, they have reached out to their clients for help and promised that 50% of the revenue coming from DELTA 8 THC products, will be used to sue the DEA.
It took less than a day and the following announcement was made “We’re excited to keep this industry alive. And we can’t thank you enough for your business. Yesterday we were able to sell enough cartriges to pay a $10,000 retainer to start fighting the DEA! I’ve attached the engagement letter and receipt for the payment I’ve made to the attorney. “
From the content of the engagement letter, below, we can learn that the company is going to attack the basic claim of the DEA that DELTA 8 THC products are illegal “Attorney and Client desire to sue and fight the DEA to require it to not employ any Ex Post Facto laws that may jeopardized Client’s legitimate hemp business actions, or enforce its interpretation of D8-THC being a schedule I synthetic form of THC”
Full text below:
“B. Attorney and Client desire to contest recent DEA actions to publish an interim final rule (IFR) regarding the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp, and its derivatives, with a delta-9 THC level of 0.3% or less.
C. The DEA IFR claims that any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) are still schedule I substances under the Controlled Substances Act (Drug Code 7370).
D. Therefore D-8 THC derived from the Hemp cannabinoids is still considered to be a Schedule I substance.
E. The DEA has a rule that directly conflicts with the statutory definition of hemp, which is: The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
F. Attorney and Client desire to sue and fight the DEA to require it to not employ any Ex Post Facto laws that may jeopardized Client’s legitimate hemp business actions, or enforce its interpretation of D8-THC being a schedule I synthetic form of THC (the “Litigation”).”
DELTA 8 THC products restored? Make your voice heard!
While DELTA 8 THC products have been restored to the shops, and you can buy DELTA 8 THC vapes online, this situation is still under attack. If you wish to keep DELTA 8 products available to the public, you should make your voice heard!
All you need to do is to submit comments by clicking here. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and to reference “RIN 1117-AB53/DOCKET No. DEA-500” on all your correspondence. You have until OCTOBER 20, 2020, to get your opinion out there, less than 60 days from today.
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Prior to the demonization of all-things-cannabis in the United States, hemp grew freely across North America. Animals, both wild and domesticated, could graze on naturally growing hemp before the plants were largely eliminated from the landscape under federal prohibition.
But today, hemp as a nutritional supplement for animals is starting to return to the United States in interesting ways. There are a myriad of companies selling CBD products for pets, claiming that dogs and cats will gain the same benefits as humans from the cannabinoid, despite the lack of conclusive studies. A few pet food companies are also starting to offer treats and daily foods featuring full-spectrum hemp to supply proteins, amino acids, omega-3s and omega-6s. Perhaps most interesting, traditional agriculture is beginning to turn to hemp to supplement the diets of livestock to increase health, weight — and in the end — profits.
Like many areas of hemp cultivation, production and legislation, Colorado is leading the charge. In March 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a working group under the Commissioner of Agriculture to study the feasibility and benefits of hemp as animal feed. Since then, ranchers in Colorado have begun to introduce hemp to their livestock’s foodstuffs.
Because of its proteins, beneficial fatty acids and overall cannabinoid profile, hemp-derived food offers an array of nutritional benefits for animals consuming it.
“We’ve been adding about 10 percent to 20 percent of our pelletized hemp to feed for cattle and pigs,” says Pauli Roterdam of Endo Scientific, a hemp-based tincture company, and Audacious Farms, an organic urban farm in Denver, Colorado growing produce and hemp. “No one should ever feed their animals just everything hemp. It’s a supplement. What we’ve seen are healthier animals going for 10 to 20 percent more at auction. Their coats look better. They weigh more. And that’s just from four months on our hemp feed.”
And because these animals are being reared for eventual human consumption, Roterdam says some of those benefits are passed down to the end consumer. Basically, eating meat from healthier animals is good for whomever consumes that animal.
“We think we’re going to establish even more rare cannabinoid contents, returning the waste and regenerative qualities back to the soil, which adds more value to our animals, soil and people, returning hemp and CBD to our diet the way it was 100 years ago,” says Roterdam.
Hemp is also being used as a supplement for chickens and ducks at Enlita Farms, a Longmont, Colorado-based multipurpose farm. Because its poultry are consuming hemp, the eggs that Enlita Farms produces contain higher levels of omega acids, amino acids, vitamins and cannabinoids, says Roterdam.
It’s an interesting development to see Colorado and others considering integrating hemp into the diet of livestock. For most of the food-concerned public, it seems the thinking has focused on humans eating different parts of the hemp plant for its nutritional benefits. But ultimately, the most complete way to reintroduce hemp to our diets involves feeding our livestock hemp, bringing the traditional diet full circle to reap the nutritional benefits of a plant that Americans who came before us consumed.
TELL US, do you think hemp-fed meat is the future?
Originally published on thehempmag.com.
On Feb. 19 the U.S. Department of Transportation clarified its stance that it does not test for CBD, but stated it will continue to penalize workers for THC.
Within a notice, DOT, which sets regulations for safety-sensitive employees such as transit vehicle operators and aircraft maintenance personnel, noted that while the Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, it did not except marijuana. This means hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% are not controlled substances. But any product, including those labeled as CBD, that breaks that THC limit is still a controlled substance.
With the legalization of hemp, DOT said they have received multiple inquiries about whether DOT-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products. They don’t want to get caught up in the testing protocols structures established after the 1991 Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act. The bill required all of the agencies under DOT’s regulatory umbrella to come up with a plan for drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive transportation employees.
“This includes pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others,” DOT noted in the announcement.
There were three main points DOT emphasized. The first is that they require testing for “marijuana and not CBD.” While CBD is present in both marijuana and hemp, what defines a plant as hemp is the presence of less than .3% of CBD. The second point was about the actual quality of the CBD marketplace right now.
“The labeling of many CBD products may be misleading because the products could contain higher levels of THC than what the product label states,” The notice reads. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently certify the levels of THC in CBD products, so there is no Federal oversight to ensure that the labels are accurate.
“The FDA has cautioned the public that: ‘Consumers should beware purchasing and using any [CBD] products.’ The FDA has stated: ‘It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.’ Also, the FDA has issued several warning letters to companies because their products contained more CBD than indicated on the product label.”
DOT’s final point was that CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed THC positive result.
“Therefore, Medical Review Officers will verify a drug test confirmed at the appropriate cutoffs as positive, even if an employee claims they only used a CBD product.” CBD products could lead to all the problems that would come with a failed drug test and DOT recommends people exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products. DOT also said the announcement was meant to provide clarity to the public on existing requirements under the law or agency policies.
The DOT set its policies on recreational marijuana in the wake of the first states legalizing in December 2012. Back then, they wanted to make sure everyone knew what happened in Colorado and Washington had zero impact on the agency.
“Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used ‘recreational marijuana’ when states have passed ‘recreational marijuana’ initiatives,” the compliance notice reads. “We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use ‘medical marijuana’ when states have passed ‘medical marijuana’ initiatives.”
In September 2019 at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao noted the new rift between the U.S. and Canada when it came to pot during her speech.
“Traditionally, our two countries’ approach to road and automobile safety have been aligned,” Chao said. “Let me note an emerging challenge, however. As safety advocates know so well, alcohol and drugs play a disproportionate role in auto fatalities. Canada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while the United States has not. It is still illegal under U.S. federal law, although nine states have decriminalized it. While there is still much research to be done, data from states that have legalized is already pointing to the dangers of driving under the influence of both illicit and legal drugs.”
Chao did confuse legalization and decriminalization though as 25 states have some form of marijuana decriminalization on the books.
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Much can be accomplished with money, celebrity, and land, three things Kanye West — the mercurial musical genius and, since last fall, the owner of two sprawling Wyoming ranches —enjoys in abundance.
But not everything. Not even Kanye West has permission to grow hemp — yet.
In addition to mulling a run for president and a name change or two, while redefining gospel music on the side, becoming a sustainable clothing magnate with his very own hemp farm is one of many grandiose Ye schemes announced recently that haven’t quite taken off.
happy new decade from the ranch pic.twitter.com/7XhVVBEG4I
— ye (@kanyewest) January 3, 2020
This is not his fault. Though the Farm Bill signed by West’s good friend President Donald Trump in December 2018 has led to an explosion of hemp production and CBD product availability throughout the country, Wyoming farmers are still waiting for federal permission to put their first low-THC cannabis sativa seeds in the ground.
Wyoming is increasingly becoming an outlier in the west as a state that allows neither recreational nor medical cannabis — and is also slow to adapt hemp production. Wyoming state agricultural officials resubmitted a proposal for a hemp-growing pilot program to federal Agriculture Department officials on Friday.
That means any Kanye West CBD lines will have to wait. But the potential’s there. And at least that was the plan as recently in October, not long after West bought the first of two Western ranches he and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, now own.
“We’re building farms here, because of the climate and because of the soil, that have hydroponic cotton, wheat, hemp,” West told Apple News, which he invited out to the $14 million property near Cody, Wyoming called “Monster Lake Ranch.”
When West bought it, the ranch had “a restaurant, a saloon, a ranch-style event venue, a maintenance shop, an office building” as well as ranch-y things like horse barns, a corral, sheds, and a place to shoot guns.
All indications are that this is one of the places where West lives with his family. One of the saloons is a recording studio, and Kardashian and the couple’s children live in the main house.
There’s been a flurry of activity there, some of which has run afoul of authorities: West was ordered to stop construction on a massive “mediation amphitheater,” and was visited by authorities yet again in November to stop unpermitted construction.
This begs the questions: What’s Kanye West doing out in Wyoming, and when does he plan to start growing hemp?
West himself has indicated that he plans to move production of his Yeezy sneakers out west, something that he hinted at during the interview and something he said outright in a separate appearance in New York. He also suggested employing formerly incarcerated people as the farm and factory labor.
Both the hemp and the cotton could provide the raw materials for production, though it’s unclear both where he’d source the labor, as well as whether he’d be able to get a warehouse or other buildings necessary for manufacturing built.
But he wants to do it. “We’re developing our own fabrics and we’re gonna go from ‘seed to sew,’ from farm to table so we can see the entire process,” he said. “We gotta sustain, right?”
Right! But before the sustaining, the shopping. A few weeks after the interview, West bought another ranch near Cody, this one for $14.459 million. Bighorn Mountain Ranch, the second of the two West ranches in Wyoming, has, among other things, heated helicopter pads and saunas on its 6,713 acres.
The second ranch, according to People, is a permanent home for West’s recent religious effort, a “pop-up church service” called Sunday Services.
But since the holidays, which the Wests appeared to spend out on the ranch, it appears attention has wandered somewhat. Forensic analysis of Kim Kardashian West’s Instagram page (we looked at it for like an hour) suggests that most of the family has spent most of the past week or so in Los Angeles or other places not at the ranch.
And if Wyoming doesn’t quite get its act together, there’s always Montana, where Kanye West could apparently buy as many ranches as he wants.
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The push back on the recently-released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hemp industry regulations is underway a number of fronts.
One of the main concerns is on the strict rules governing the levels of THC in industrial hemp plants. The new guidelines, which follow the introduction of the Farm Bill last year, are intended to establish common cultivation and processing regimes across all 52 states.
Bottlenecks And Delays
Two Democrat Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are requesting a series of changes, report the Marijuana Moment website. These include a waivering of the 15-day testing timeline which they say should be increased to 28 days, they call for an easing on the stipulation that only Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered laboratory’s can undertake testing, as this will lead to ‘bottlenecks’ and ‘delays’.
There is also concern over the stipulation on the maximum permitted level of THC, which the Farm Bill says should be no more than 0.3%. In their submission the senators say: “While the Farm Bill defines hemp as cannabis containing no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, the USDA gave slight margin of error and considers any plants with more than 0.5 percent THC to be in violation of the regulations.”
Farmers have called that limitation arbitrary and the senators said it would be more reasonable to set the ‘negligence threshold at 1 percent’’, if there must be a THC restriction at all’. The Hemp Industry Daily website also carries an in-depth report on this issue saying the the USDA predicts that about 20% of hemp samples collected in 2020 will exceed the 0.3% THC limit’ and will need to be destroyed.
‘Hot Crop’ Warning
It goes on to say that the USDA rules lays out no plan to appeal testing results, and as a result those with ‘hot crops may fall under suspected of the DEA’. It quotes the views of Denver attorney Frank Robison who contends that for the micro-levels of THC involved with hemp production, the USDA shouldn’t have to involve drug law enforcement.
“The USDA should have the capacity to manage 1,000 parts-per-million THC,” Robison said. The DEA should be focusing on drug criminals, not farmers, he said. “The folks that know how to work with crops are the people that should be managing the data and working with these farmers, not a law enforcement agency charged with pursuing crystal meth and fentanyl criminals,” he added.
He highlights how legitimate American farmers may have been sold “bogus seeds” or seeds that tested below 0.2% THC in Europe but went ‘hot when grown in a warmer U.S. climate’.
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The former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has aimed a shot across the bows of the CBD industry by declaring it ‘not safe’.
While the FDA has yet to pronounce on the status of CBD, at a federal level, the industry will resolutely hope that Scott Gottlieb’s latest pronouncement is not indicative of his former employer’s position.
The former FDA commissioner, who stepped down from his post earlier this year, made his opinions clear in a series of tweets, reports The Motley Fool website. Stating that ‘CBD hype has outpaced science’ and that CBD is not safe’, he says the FDA needs to move quickly to oversee the ‘production, quality, and purity levels of CBD products’.
And he goes on to say ‘all non-compliant producers, or those who fail to meet rigorous purity and quality standards, should be removed from the marketplace’, the report continued.
Following hearings in to the CBD phenomenon, in May this year, the FDA indicated it would be in a position to outline it guidelines for the CBD industry ‘by early fall’ – and with Christmas on the horizon the industry is still waiting.
The passing of last year’s Farm Bill boosted hemp production, supporting the boom in the U.S CBD industry. The Brightfield Group estimates U.S. CBD sales will grow from around $600 million in 2018 to $23.7 billion by 2023.
But CBD, as a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, is still illegal at a federal level, and the industry is looking for regulatory clarity from the FDA. Meanwhile the U.S. The National Consumers League (NCL) has announced a new initiative; Consumers for Safe CBD.
Consumers for Safe CBD say CBD is ‘a clear and present public health issue’ and is pressing for speedy FDA regulation.
Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of NCL, said: “Consumers are being told these products will cure their chronic illnesses and help their anxious pets or children. Yet there is no scientific evidence behind the claims. What’s even more concerning is that without FDA’s stamp of approval, we do not know what is in these products…(which) may contain contaminants and ingredients that could harm consumers.”
She said Consumers for Safe CBD is calling for ‘gold standard testing of CBD by the FDA’.
A rapidly-growing database of clinical evidence, from trials and first-hand patient experience, demonstrate that CBD can help with a number of conditions including; inflammation, arthritis, pain management and anxiety.
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Less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened a public comment period on proposed hemp regulations, more than 500 people have already weighed in.
USDA issued an interim final rule last month, laying out basic regulatory guidelines for hemp manufacturers. It contains information on a wide-range of issues, including licensing, THC testing requirements and the disposal process for crops the exceed potency limits.
Advocates and industry stakeholders have expressed mixed feelings about the rules. While the release of the regulations represents a positive development, with farmers soon to be equipped with the tools needed to fully enter the market, there are certain provisions that businesses have regarded as excessively restrictive and possibly damaging to the industry.
Those concerns, and others, are reflected in the comments submitted so far. Here are some highlights:
Frustration over THC limits and ‘hot’ hemp.
Christopher Gromek, a Washington State-based hemp business owner, said that USDA should allow growers to address so-called “hot” hemp containing excess THC before the crops are ripped up and thrown out.
“The USDA should allow farmers to remediate THC levels in ‘hot’ hemp by allowing them to (through sunlight/time etc. degrade the THC levels in their hemp until they are suitable for sale,” he said. “If farmers are allowed to remediate ‘hot’ hemp prior to sale, they’ll still be able to utilize most currently available genetic stock, while simply adding a processing requirement to ensure hemp of required THC levels is being sold.”
A significant number of people voiced frustration over the THC limit and how it will be tested for, with multiple stakeholders saying that testing should be limited to delta-9 THC, not the entire spectrum of THC content.
“As a farmer and someone who has worked in the processing of hemp,” Barbara Sisson said. “I am concerned with the matter of the total THC being used against farmers within the industry. This is something that needs much further research.”
“Testing of hemp to determine compliance with the 0.3% THC limit should not be done post-decarboxylation,” Zachary Farber wrote. “Doing so will make it significantly harder for hard-working hemp farmers to produce legal hemp.”
“The current testing requirements are already sufficient to ensure no psychoactive effects will be elicited from smoking the plant material,” he said. “The current available genetics would make it incredibly difficult for farmers to comply with the regulations.”
Several commenters recommended that the allowable THC content be increased from 0.3 percent to 1 percent, and some advised that the timeline for testing should be amended.
“We absolutely need a 30 day or more prior to harvest testing window, 15 days is not enough time to harvest,” one person said.
Issues with equity and testing labs.
Another person weighed in on the proposed ban on being a “key principal” of a hemp business for those with felony drug convictions. While the ban expires after 10 years — a compromise that advocates hashed out with lawmakers — an anonymous commenter said “it is inconceivable that those most negatively impacted from prohibition would be barred from participating in the new legal economy.”
An Oregon-based hemp farmer raised an interesting point with respect to the requirement stipulating that only Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered facilities can test the crop. Jesse Richardson said the only such facility in the state is the Oregon State Crime Lab.
“From our understanding, many existing labs are unable to be DEA certified because they also service marijuana businesses, which is still a Schedule 1 Substance under the CSA,” Richardson said. “A single lab cannot handle 750+ growers in Oregon. Existing labs should be permitted service providers. These are quality, trusted labs we have worked with for years.”
In a related development, the advocacy organization U.S. Hemp Roundtable sent a letter on Tuesday thanking USDA for developing the interim rule and allowing stakeholders to submit input on the proposals. It pointed to a number of elements that the group “applaud[s]” such as one stipulating that interstate transportation of hemp products is permissible and another that provides some flexibility in THC testing.
But group’s message to USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach also makes clear it is concerned about provisions that penalize farmers for cultivating hemp with more than 0.5 percent THC, require farmers to destroy unauthorized crops that could instead be used as a “soil amendment” or for research purposes, force hemp to be tested only in laboratories registered with the DEA and mandate that testing be done within 15 days from harvest.
“Resolution of these issue could have a positive impact on the developing hemp market, as well as promote future innovation,” the group wrote, adding that it plans to formally submit a comment to USDA soon.
More comments to come.
People can submit comments through December 31, after which point USDA will work to finalize the interim final rule for hemp. It’s not clear to what extent it will take submitted recommendations into consideration and amend the regulations; however, as U.S. Hemp Roundtable pointed out, the department appears to be receptive to feedback.
Meanwhile, the industry is still awaiting draft rules for hemp-derived CBD products from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Officials from the agency have indicated that there are complicating factors that make it difficult to develop regulations for the cannabis compound, and former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said it may take years for rules to be released without congressional action.
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This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content-sharing agreement. Read the original article here.
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The White House approved plans to regulate hemp and its derivatives on Friday Oct. 25, signing off on interim final rules for the crop that were submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
USDA has been working to develop hemp regulations since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill in December. A top official with the department said in early October that rules would be released within weeks and, since then, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized its review of the proposal.
The development was first reported by Politico.
OMB approved USDA’s hemp program on Friday, teeing up its release any day now https://t.co/q9ibn7yZdS
— Liz Crampton (@liz_crampton) October 28, 2019
While details of the plan are yet to be seen, they’re expected to provide clarity on a wide range of hemp-specific policies such as THC potency testing guidelines and quality control standards. The rules will be released for public comment shortly.
Hemp farmers have been anticipating the regulations for months, as USDA officials have repeatedly pledged to issue them ahead of the 2020 planting season. On Oct. 23, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) sent a letter to USDA urging the department to “expeditiously finalize the hemp rules,” per the obligations of the farm bill.
Maine’s hemp economy is growing rapidly, but a lack of clarity in federal regulations is hurting growers. @RepGolden & I wrote to @USDA again and urged the agency to finalize federal hemp regulations and protect growers so businesses can operate without uncertainty. pic.twitter.com/zX9VPchDrY
— Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) October 28, 2019
“During these difficult economic times for farmers, hemp provides a promising market for farmers in Maine and across the country,” the duo wrote. “We respectfully ask that you expedite the interim final rule on hemp so that this growing industry is not further stifled by regulatory uncertainty.”
That’s the latest in a series of inquiries that lawmakers have submitted in order to give the hemp industry needed clarification.
Following the finalization of the rules, USDA will begin approving state regulatory plans.
USDA has already taken a number of steps to provide guidance to hemp manufacturers as it crafted its interim rules. For example, the department has clarified policies governing the importation and exportation of hemp seeds and plants. It also announced in August that hemp producers operating under the 2014 Farm Bill are eligible for federal crop insurance, with plans to expand coverage once final rules are approved.
The department also said in April that it is accepting intellectual property applications for seed-propagated hemp.
Meanwhile, there’s additional pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact regulations for hemp-derived CBD products, with lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) imploring the agency to develop alternative rules providing for the lawful marketing of such products as food items and dietary supplements.
FDA officials have said that developing rules for the non-intoxicating cannabis compound could take years without congressional action.
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As the vaping epidemic rages on, certain companies may have to take a closer look at how they market and advertise different products.
In short, Weedmaps might have to actually enforce their new policy of only allowing licensed brands and retailers to buy a listing on their site. Also, the CTA made a big announcement at a major trade show, and an insider letter indicates big changes to U.S. hemp and CBD regulations. All that and more in this week’s CBD Business Weekly Review and Newsletter.
We recently reported on Weedmaps’ announcement to remove unlicensed cannabis dispensaries from their directory, but as it turns out, the advertising giant is in no rush to make the changes.
According to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), there is no deadline for when Weedmaps has to remove these ads, which apparently might be on the back burner until the end of December.
However, it’s possible that the recent outbreak in vaping illnesses – believed to be related to unregulated THC cartridges – might be the thing to light the fire under their feet.
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