The California Senate Appropriations Committee failed to move AB-228 out of the committee during its final hearing of the 2019 legislative session on August 30, 2019. The Committee’s action means that the sale of CBD products will remain illegal in California until at least the 2020 legislative session.
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Currently, cannabis licensees may only sell CBD products that are extracted from cannabis rather than industrial hemp. Although CBD products are widely available in California, the California Department of Health issued a guidance in 2018 that prohibited the sale of CBD as an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement until the US FDA determined that CBD products can be used as a food or California made the determination that CBD was safe.
California’s Department of Finance opposed the bill as the cost of implementation, which is estimated to be around $6.7 million, was not included in the 2019 budget. The failure to pass AB-228 is not the only challenge that the industry faces in California. Local governments are adopting regulations to prohibit or regulate the industrial hemp and CBD industries.
Over half of the counties in California have implemented ordinances to prohibit the cultivation of industrial hemp, and others are regulating hemp like cannabis. Also, individual cities have adopted ordinances to prohibit hemp cultivation include Blue Lake, Furtuna, Hollister, Lake Forest, Pittsburg, and San Jacinto.
Published: September 04, 2019
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