California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation last week that legalizes hemp-derived cannabinoids including CBD for inclusion in dietary supplements, foods, beverages, and other products. The bill also establishes regulations for hemp products including CBD edibles, supplements, and pet foods, as well as smokable hemp and other inhalable forms of the crop. The legislation, Assembly Bill 45 (AB45), was signed into law by Newsom on Oct. 6 after receiving broad bipartisan support in both the California Senate and State Assembly.
“California consumers have been unwittingly purchasing unregulated hemp CBD products for far too long,” said State Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, the sponsor of the bill. “AB 45 puts in place a rigorous system for testing and labeling hemp CBD so that we can be sure these products are safe in our state.”
Although the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp products, Stuart Tomc, vice president of business development at San Diego-based CBD products manufacturer CV Sciences, says that federal regulation of CBD products has not kept up with demand. The lack of federal guidance has left responsible CBD companies to deal with a patchwork of state regulations while less scrupulous operators were free to take advantage of unwary consumers.
“Since the industry lacks federal standards for the manufacturing, testing, and labeling of CBD products, CBD products available today vary widely in safety and quality,” Tomc wrote in an email to Cannabis Now. “These products are being sold by “bad actors” – companies that are taking advantage of consumer interest in CBD without using good manufacturing practices or testing their products – which puts consumer safety and trust at risk.”
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