Terrific NEWS FROM OKLAHOMA – Yesterday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 238into law.  It requires legal impact on November 1.  The bill includes powerful language – straight from the Roundtable’s Model State Act – that explicitly authorizes the sale of hemp-derived CBD at retail:

 

Retail sales of industrial hemp and hemp items may perhaps be performed with out a license so lengthy as the items and the hemp utilised in the items have been grown and cultivated legally in this state or a different state or jurisdiction and meet the exact same or substantially the exact same needs for processing hemp items or expanding hemp. The addition of derivatives of hemp, like hemp-derived cannabidiol, to cosmetics, individual care items and items intended for human or animal consumption shall be permitted with out a license and shall not be deemed an adulteration of such items

 

Interestingly, in this bill, Oklahoma became the initial state in the nation to demand CBD items to consist of on their labels (1) the nation of origin of the cannabidiol and (two) no matter if the cannabidiol is synthetic or organic. Congrats and thanks to all Sooners who contacted their legislators by way of the Roundtable portal.  Our voices have been heard!

 

Great NEWS FROM GEORGIA– Final week, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 213which tends to make Georgia the 42ndstate to adopt a hemp expanding system.  Initially a pretty restrictive bill, Roundtable Common Counsel Jonathan Miller, and a series of Hemp Supporters, testifiedin Atlanta for stronger protections for hemp farmers and hemp items like CBD.  Legislators listened and increase the bill significantly.  It is not fantastic – a pretty unclear provision bans “food items infused with THC” unless authorized by the FDA.  Having said that, Georgia leaders stated that that provision applies only to higher-THC marijuana edibles, and pledged to clarify the complete legality of the retail sale of items like hemp-derived CBD by way of the guidelines and regulations method.  We will retain you updated at this space.

 

MIXED NEWS FROM IOWA– Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 599, generating Iowa the 43rdstate to authorize a hemp expanding system.  The Roundtable’s lobbyists have been capable to introduce into a when-restrictive bill protections from the Roundtable’s Model State Act for hemp-derived CBD items. The Property floor leader, listening closely to Roundtable representatives, created clear on video herethat this bill was intended to make retail sale of hemp-derived CBD legal.

 

Regrettably, yesterday, Governor Reynolds issued a contradictory statement, arguing that the bill does NOT legalize the retail sale of CBD, that federal law controls, and that the FDA has declared that CBD is not a dietary supplement.  Frequent readers of this space know that the Roundtable strongly disagrees with this assessment – in our informed opinion, the FDA’s guidance is inaccurate, and it is neither final, nor legally binding.  Having said that, we anticipate a continued battle in the Hawkeye State.  Hemp Supporters, please keep tuned for our subsequent tactic.