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Industry Groups Have Mixed Reactions to Legislation to Regulate CBD

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has been is being both applauded and rejected by leading industry associations.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has been is being both applauded and rejected by leading industry associations.

The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020 (H.R. 8179) would make hemp, cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp, and other hemp-derived products lawful for use unless otherwise directed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a press release from Griffith’s office. “Hemp was historically an important crop for Virginia farmers, and dietary supplements made from it do not possess dangerous addictive qualities,” Griffith said in a statement. “Nevertheless, the current state of regulation creates confusion about its legal uses. I joined this bipartisan bill to provide certainty for hemp farmers that their crop may find legal uses.”

AHPA, CHPA, CRN, UNPA Express Support

A joint statement issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) said the legislation, if enacted, directs the FDA to use its authority and resources to set a clear regulatory framework for hemp and hemp-derived CBD and assure consumer protection. The statement explained that the legislation would allow hemp and hemp-derived CBD to be legally marketed in dietary supplements so long as manufacturers comply with new dietary ingredient requirements and other Food and Drug Act dietary supplement policies. 

NPA Rejects the Legislation

The Natural Products Association (NPA) issued a a release outlining why it is rejected the legislation, explaining that it fails to set a safe level of daily consumption and “would do more to undermine public trust in the safety of supplement products and do nothing to promote public health.”

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