Mixing Food In Legislation Changing US FDA Cannabinoid Rules Could Choke Its Progress
Making lawful the use of hemp cannabinoids in supplements and food is a step in the right direction, but including food may doom it, say industry stakeholders. As well, CRN CEO Steve Mister notes FDA has stated reservations about using cannabinoids in food.
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Senate bill provision allowing FDA to develop unique labeling and packaging for cannabinoid supplements and foods is unnecessary, as the products should following existing labeling regulations, says CRN chief Steve Mister.
Senate bill introduced on 19 May, unlike a House bill introduced in February, would direct FDA to allow using hemp-derived cannabinoids in food products as well as supplements. However, neither bill includes language on setting a safe daily level that some industry stakeholders argue is needed.
House passes “SAFE Banking” Act sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter to allow cannabis- and hemp-related businesses in states with some form of legalized marijuana to access financial services by creating protections for those institutions. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced the same legislation in March.