FDA Gets Message In Congress' First Cannabis Policy Hearing: Deliver CBD Regulation
During first-ever congressional hearing on federal policies for lawful use of cannabis, House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eschoo says with $2m appropriated to develop a regulation on CBD’s use in non-drug products during, FDA should deliver.
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Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson’s bill, the first targeting FDA’s CBD question, could provide an entire answer or it could set table for discussion in Congress about legislation on establishing an FDA regulation on using CBD, and potentially other hemp-derived substances, in products other than drugs subject to its oversight.
Both Senate and House reports on FDA FY 2020 appropriation include requests for agency’s research, policy evaluation, market surveillance, issuance of an enforcement discretion policy and appropriate regulatory activities related to regulated products that contain hemp-derived CBD. House report, though, expresses stronger concern about exploding sales of potentially unsafe CBD supplements.
Recent statement that FDA has not found evidence supporting CBD as GRAS for use in human or animal food potentially points to NDI notifications as the only option manufacturers, marketers and other businesses will have to convince agency about safety for CBD and other hemp-derived substances used in dietary supplements.