Newsletter – February 1, 2023
Hemp and CBD Industry Responds to FDA Announcement on CBD
By Elizabeth Lunt and Steven Hoffman
For many in the CBD industry, it was a blow but not completely unexpected when, on Jan. 26, 2023, Janet Woodcock, M.D., principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, released an official FDA statement on CBD regulation that stated the following:
“Given the growing cannabidiol (CBD) products market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a high-level internal working group to explore potential regulatory pathways for CBD products. Today we are announcing that after careful review, the FDA has concluded that a new regulatory pathway for CBD is needed that balances individuals’ desire for access to CBD products with the regulatory oversight needed to manage risks. The agency is prepared to work with Congress on this matter.”
In addition, the FDA announced it denied three citizen petitions from the Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA) that requested the agency to conduct rulemaking to allow the marketing of CBD products as dietary supplements. The FDA’s full statement can be read here.
Members of the hemp and CBD industry replied to Let’s Talk Hemp’s request for comments with a range of opinions and perspectives on the FDA’s decision. Read on to see how the industry responded.
Hemp News Spotlight
FDA Concludes That Existing Regulatory Frameworks for Foods and Supplements Are Not Appropriate for Cannabidiol, Will Work With Congress on a New Way Forward
Lawmakers Want to Find a Solution in Wake of FDA CBD Announcement
Natural Products Insider
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on FDA Announcement: ‘The Current Regulatory Gray Zone For Hemp-Derived CBD Isn’t Working‘
Sierra Sun Times
Hong Kong Bans CBD, Labeling It a ‘Dangerous Drug’; Plans Harsh Penalties for Smuggling, Production and Possession
USDA Debuts Free Weekly National Hemp Report
CBD and Other Cannabinoids Are Still in Play, but Responsible Manufacturing and Research Are Key to the Category’s Future
We Need Hemp-Based Fiber, Food and Building Materials, Not Just CBD, Says Let’s Talk Hemp Industry Report
Hemp Could Be the Biggest Investment Opportunity Since Plastic
Cannabis & Tech Today
Planet Based Foods to Sell Its Hemp Foods in Southwestern Grocery Retailer Fry’s Food and Drug
Nike Challenges Trademark of Texas Hemp Company’s Slogan ‘Just Hemp It‘
Las Vegas Hotel Getting Cannabis-Friendly Makeover
Hemp Makes a Comeback in the Construction Industry
Hemp Building Institute to Take On Codes, Testing and Education, Founder Says
Dad Grass Partners With Grammy-Nominated Musician Margo Price on Limited Edition Smokable Hemp Collection
Cannabis, CBD Producer Curaleaf to Shutter Operations in California, Colorado and Oregon
Renowned M.D., Author Dr. Andrew Weil, Purecare Partner on Eco-Bedding Brand Made With Hemp
Bed Times Magazine
Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt’s Letter to General Assembly Touts Potential for Hemp, Cannabis in State
Louisiana Legislators Working Behind the Scenes to Potentially Repeal Law to Promote Production, Sale of Hemp
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Montana, South Dakota Were Top Hemp Producing States in 2022
North Carolina Will Revisit Medical Marijuana, But Local Hemp Farmer Says It Won’t Benefit Small-Scale Operations
Queen City News
Pennsylvania Awards $200,000 in Grants to Fund Hemp Food and Fiber Projects
South Carolina’s BrightMa Farms to Build Hemp Production and Research Center on 85 Acres
The Times and Democrat
Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Tax, Regulate and Ban Delta 8 From Those Under 21
Wyoming Legislative Committee Tables Bill Intended to Prevent Young People From Buying Delta 8 Products
Cowboy State Daily
Argentina Launches New Agency to Boost Cannabis, Hemp Industry
The Let’s Talk Hemp Volume Up podcast returns with The Thai Tape series recorded in Thailand during the Asia International Hemp Expo. In this final segment, Morris Beegle speaks with Alan and Ben Dronkers, hemp and cannabis pioneers from Sensei Seeds and HempFlax.
2023 World Ag Expo, Feb. 14-16, 2023, Tulare, CA
Wisconsin Cannabis & Hemp Industry and Policy Summit, Feb. 15-16, 2023, Milwaukee, WI. Hosted by Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association
Canapa Mundi 8th Edition International Hemp Expo, Feb. 17-19, 2023, Rome, Italy
Natural Products Expo West, March 7-11, 2023, Anaheim, CA
9th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, March 29-31, 2023, The Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
Growing Industrial Hemp as a Multipurpose Crop in Organic Cropping Systems, May 10, 2023, from 2-3 pm EDT. Free webinar by the Rodale Institute.
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Help Rebuild Ukraine With Hemp
Sergiy Kovalenkov, aka Doctor Hemphouse, one of the world’s renowned specialists in building with hemp, is appealing to the hemp industry for help in rebuilding war-torn Ukraine, including building Ukraine’s biggest social housing project to date — a 10,000-square-foot residential building to house refugees and orphans who lost their parents to the war. In particular, the project is seeking builders, sponsors, automated block-making machinery and a hempcrete spraying system. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hempireua/ or contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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