• April 17, 2021
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  • Congress introduces bill to legalize hemp CBD supplements

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    Impatient with foot-dragging by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Congress has re-introduced legislation to compel the regulatory agency to approve CBD—as well as all the other cannabinoids and terpenes within hemp (sans THC)—for use in dietary supplements.

    The bill, H.R. 841, is called the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2021. It is identical to H.R. 8179, introduced in the last Congress.

    Introduced by Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader and Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith, with five Republican and 12 Democratic co-sponsors, the bill would simply make hemp subject to all the other regulations as for any other dietary supplement, subject to new dietary ingredient (NDI) filings, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and labeling and marketing provisions.

    It would maintain hemp’s definition as a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC—the euphoria-inducing cannabinoid in the plant, which is solely responsible for the difference between hemp and marijuana.

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