After Aligning With FDA On Cannabinoids, California Lawmakers Move On Lawful Use
State Senate scheduled to vote on bill on 8 September and Assembly later in week. Floor votes prompted by amendment removing language that banned hemp smokables in the state, replaced by a phase-in approach.
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Draft bill proposes rules not only on producing and marketing marijuana, but on using in supplements ingredients derived from cannabis plants classified as hemp. Some supplement industry stakeholders see draft as delivering on industry requests but others say it goes too far.
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.
“Irrational exuberance was an understatement for what people thought of the CBD market in 2018 and 2019,” says an attorney specializing in hemp regulations. In 2019, CBD isolate could be sold for “upwards of $12,000 a kilogram,” but price now is less than $1,000.