By: Joshua Waldrop
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to update federal regulations governing the use of certain hemp-derived ingredients in food, beverages or dietary supplements,
Congress legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), when it passed Wyden and Merkley’s Hemp Farming Act as a provision included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Outdated regulations, however, limit producers from taking full advantage of the industrial hemp market by, for example, prohibiting food products containing CBD from being sold across state lines.
In a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Wyden and Merkley requested the FDA update its regulations and give U.S. producers more flexibility in the production, consumption, and sale of hemp products.
“Farmers in Oregon and nationwide are poised to make real economic gains for their communities once these regulations are updated,” Wyden and Merkley wrote. “We will be closely engaged in the ongoing implementation of our legislation, as it was Congress’ intent to ensure that both U.S producers and consumers have access to a full range of hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived cannabinoids.”
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb had commented once the U.S. Farm Bill was approved by Congress, pledging that the FDA would reevaluate their options in regards to CBD, but Gottlieb, who has since announced that he will resign as the FDA Commissioner later this year, has cautioned that without further legislative action by Congress, namely, the rescheduling of cannabis, the Agency’s hands are more or less tied.
“It can’t just be put into the food supply,” he said, arguing that current law only allows the FDA to “contemplate putting a drug that wasn’t previously in the food supply into the food supply if it goes through a rule making process.”
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