Oregon Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley now urged FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to ease regulations on hemp production to make it less complicated for farmers to develop and distribute the newly legalized crop.
The 2018 Farm Bill, integrated provisions from Wyden and Merkley that legalized production of hemp, completely removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.
But “outdated regulations, having said that, limit producers from taking complete benefit of the industrial hemp market place,” the lawmakers stated in a letter to Gottlieb. They referenced, for instance, a stipulation that prevents hemp-derived CBD goods from becoming sold in interstate commerce.
“We will be closely engaged in the ongoing implementation of our legislation, as it was Congress’ intent to make sure that each U.S. producers and buyers have access to a complete variety of hemp-derived goods, which includes hemp-derived cannabinoids,” Wyden and Merkley wrote.
The lawmakers noted that FDA is operating with lowered employees due to the partial government shutdown, and requested the agency respond to six concerns about updating regulations inside 30 days following the government is reopened.