TTB to give updated guidance on hemp

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has mentioned it will update its guidance on hemp components inside alcohol beverages following the current federal farm bill excluded the cannabis strain from the definition of marijuana beneath the Controlled Substances Act.

The federal agency in an April 25 statement mentioned it nevertheless will reject any formulas that include “ hemp” components other than these derived from hemp seeds or hemp seed.

There has been reluctance at the federal level to let hemp components into drinks and edibles in spite of the bill’s passage. Late final year, the Meals and Drug Administration reaffirmed its authority to regulate solutions with cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds beneath federal law. The cannabis sector took that statement as an indication federal relief would not be forthcoming for hemp solutions that include cannabidiol, or CBD, a cannabis compound utilised to treat discomfort. The TTB has been in consultation with the FDA on the problem.

The wine market has so far resisted placing cannabis components into wine so it does not run afoul of present regulations. But, there have been efforts in the non-alcohol sector. Rebel Coast Winery of Sonoma final year introduced a non-alcoholic wine infused with THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in cannabis. It is sold in licensed dispensaries.

New co-chair for Congressional Wine Caucus

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington will serve as the new co-chair for the Congressional Wine Caucus along with its founder, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St.Helena.

Like Thompson, Newhouse is a fellow grape grower. He represents the central aspect of the state of Washington and is a Republican.

“Mike actually understands the priorities and issues of the wine neighborhood, and I appear forward to operating with him to make sure that our nation’s wine market — from wine grape growers to winemakers and sellers — can continue to thrive and develop,” Newhouse mentioned in a statement.

SRJC wine system holds occasion

Santa Rosa Junior College’s wine research system will hold an occasion subsequent month to highlight its wines and its students.

The occasion will take location on June 1 from 11 a.m. to three p.m. at the Shone Farm Winery, situated at 740 Steve Olson Lane in Forestville.

There will be complimentary wine tasting, music, meals and children’s activities. Kevin Sea, coordinator of the wine research system, mentioned in a statement that the system will have a new web site to showcase its wines produced at Shone Farm. The system will also have new advantages for its wine club members.

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