Support for CDB and Hawaii’s Hemp Farmers

As reported by Big Island Video news, Senator Ruderman rose in support of SB 2050 with reservations. SB 2050 would establish a regulatory framework for products containing cannabidiol that were manufactured legally through approved government programs. Clarifies that these products are not considered adulterated food, beverage, or cosmetic products. Prohibits manufacturers from making health-related claims. Requires product labeling for the products to be legally allowed in the State.”

“I don’t believe that we are the right place to regulate it,” Ruderman said. “I think it’s obvious that the Department of Health has more important, more urgent things to do than regulate CBD and even when the current crisis is over this will still remain true.” -Senator Ruderman

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CBD (Cannabidiol) is regulated by the FDA.
Dr. Stephen Hahn the new FDA Commissioner said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will continue to “take appropriate action against unlawful CBD products that pose a risk of harm to the public,” and in a separate statement,”it would be a “fool’s errand” to try to stop people from getting over-the-counter CBD.

“We have to be open to the fact that there might be some value to these products, and certainly Americans think that’s the case,” Hahn told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

According to Hemp Industry Daily, The FDA also said it will:

  • Keep some CBD comments private, allowing companies to share proprietary, confidential research without being asked.
  • Explore the creation of a “risk-based enforcement policy” to increase transparency about which CBD violations will be enforced by federal authorities.

Meanwhile in lieu of the fact that there aren’t enough DEA testing labs to test hemp grown in the US. the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged the complaints last Thursday according to Hemp Industry Daily.

“We now better understand how the limited number of DEA-registered labs will hinder testing and better understand the associated costs with disposing of product that contains over 0.3% THC could make entering the hemp market too risky,” USDA wrote.“We were able to reach an agreement (with DEA) that we are going to be able to provide some relief from the laboratory certification process for this crop year,” Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told members at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting this week in Arlington, Virginia.

“DEA will still expect states to work with their laboratories to try to achieve certification for the 2021 crop year,” he added.

Farmer’s in Hawaii need strong support from the state legislature and Senator Ruderman will continue to fight to support farmers who wish to grow local products. Please support your local hemp farmers!

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