After many businesses invested heavily to pushed into this newly-formed lucrative market, business owners have been left high and dry with stockrooms full of products they now cannot sell.
So, what has caused lawmakers in to pull the plug on this burgeoning and potentially tax-generating industry?
CBD is a chemical compound which is extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant which is often wrongly associated with marijuana.
However, unlike marijuana, hemp only has a minuscule amount of the psychoactive compound, THC (0.3% to be precise), which is responsible for the “high” feeling that users of marijuana experience.
Bizarrely, the psychoactive marijuana is currently available from licensed retailers in Massachusetts.
But legislators have asked for CBD products such as CBD oil and CBD flowers to be pulled off the shelves while they catch up with the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which made it legal to grow and sell hemp.
However, while it’s uses and claims surrounding CBD’s effectiveness have soared, the research has not kept pace, with very few clinical trials using CBD products-completed so far.
The FDA has already begun to clamp down on sellers making unsupported claims.
So, is this the reason state lawmakers have reacted in the way they have?
According to Massachusetts public health director Merridith O’Leary, “CBD has taken us by surprise, my inspectors were coming to me saying that our retail stores were saturated with CBD products, and I didn’t even know what CBD was.”
According to her, the warning letters asking retailers to remove their CBD-infused products abide by federal law and follows official advice given by the FDA which is adamant that adding CBD to foodstuffs is unlawful.
It seems therefore that this move by state lawmakers is a bid to buy them time to investigate CBD further, rather than to ban it outright.
The approach to Massachusetts’ ban on CBD has been far from uniform with some cities deciding against sending out warning letters to retailers.
Some cities have asked retailers to sell all remaining stock within a year, while others are not actively enforcing the ban at all.
Even O’Leary herself admits that her inspectors “Aren’t going to be looking for it, we’re not going to be targeting anyone."
There is also some hope on the horizon for CBD sellers, with a bill for the legalization of CBD and CBD-derived products already submitted to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
This is a decision that can’t come soon enough for many involved in the CBD industry.
Hemp farmers are keen to know the outcome before the next growing season so they can be certain of whether they’ll recoup the investment into growing their crops and retailers want to know whether they’ll need to alter their business model moving forward.
Only time will tell what the lawmakers of Massachusetts decide.
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A Purple Heart decorated disabled veteran, Sean Worsley has just been released from an Alabama State prison last week on parole after serving eight months out of a five-year sentence.
The Iraq War veterans’ trouble with the law started in August 2016 when he stopped at an Alabama gas station while driving to North Carolina to help his grandmother relocate after a hurricane. At the station, police asked Worsley and his wife to turn down their car stereo, and although they complied, the cops searched their car. Inside, they found a prescription bottle filled with medical marijuana.
With Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining widespread popularity around the world, and an increasing acceptability as a potent medicinal intervention, it is only natural to find products that do not live up to the acceptable standards of quality.
Certainly, the market is flooded with substandard products but knowing what to look out for in a high quality CBD product would require some special knowledge.
Looking to buy CBD? Here are 7 sure signs to know if your CBD is of high quality.
There are many derivatives from the cannabis plant but the ones that have caught the eyes of many are CBD and THC. CBD is renowned for its outstanding therapeutic benefits and the fact that it won’t get you high, which is unlike Delta-9 THC that although, renowned, is often the subject of deep disagreements owing to its psychotropic tendencies.
We’re certain you have heard of Delta-9 THC, but what about Delta-8? Delta-8 is gaining momentum amongst cannabis enthusiasts as well, but many are still at a loss as to what it is and how it differs from Delta-9 THC.