Hemp News from Texas, California and Georgia – Great, Good and Blecch

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GOOD NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA:  Yesterday, the California Assembly’s Appropriations Committee UNANIMOUSLY passed AB 228, which would expressly permit the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in foods and supplements, and also in topical applications. 

As you probably remember, last year, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance, inaccurately alleging that hemp-derived CBD is prohibited by law to be sold in retail stores in the state. 

The passage of AB 228 would redress the pronouncement which has cast a chill on legal commerce in popular products that promote health and wellness among California citizens, making clear that hemp and hemp-products are legal for retail sale.

It is now onto the House floor, and we are pushing for a 2/3 vote to ensure its urgent application.

If you live in California, please use our State Action Center today – urge your legislators to support AB 228. If not, please share with your friends and colleagues that do!

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BLECCH NEWS FROM GEORGIA: Last week, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 213 which makes Georgia the 42nd state to adopt a hemp growing program. 

The bill explicitly removed hemp-derived CBD from drug control. Unfortunately, this week, state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sent out this release that claims that because of the FDA’s guidance, CBD cannot be sold as a food additive or dietary supplement in the Peach State.

Regular 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. 

However, we anticipate a continued battle in the Georgia.  Hemp Supporters, please stay tuned for our next strategy.

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