UK's 'Muddled' CBD Regulation Open To Legal Challenge
With FSA set to publish its public register detailing which CBD supplements can lawfully remain on the UK market, what can companies do if their product doesn't make the list? Barrister Jonathan Kirk QC set out the limited options left open to firms during a recent webinar.
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