The laws in the United States are constantly changing and evolving. This fact is never more true than when those laws surround new products like CBD and Delta 8 THC. With their wildfire popularity comes news and new regulations regarding these wonderful products, seemingly daily.
We at The Hemp Doctor — America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary believe in keeping our loyal clients informed about the latest and greatest CBD and Delta 8 THC products on the market. We also want to keep you informed on the latest news and regulations regarding these products. With that in mind, here are some of the latest news in CBD and Delta 8 THC regulation in the U.S.
Michigan Clarifies Position on CBD Food Products
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Food and Dairy Division recently sent an email out to food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers regarding their stance on CBD and other hemp seed products that are being added to foods and beverages. In the email, the department recognized that CBD has become very popular and that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the substance as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). However, the Michigan department is maintaining the FDA’s stance that it has not approved the addition of CBD as an ingredient in drinks, foods, dietary supplements, or animal feed. This email was in response to the fact that many states have broken away from the FDA’s stance and created their own laws approving the use of CBD in food products in their state.
Las Vegas Legislation Pending for CBD and Cannabis Lounges
For the past few years, Las Vegas has been trying to pass legislation that would allow for anyone to be able to open what is known as CBD and cannabis lounges. This would provide a lounge type of environment where patrons could smoke a joint, vape a dab, or do anything else CBD or cannabis-related. Proponents of Assembly Bill 341 point to the fact that, while CBD and marijuana are both legal in Nevada, marijuana cannot legally be smoked in public. This bill would allow for the establishment of legal lounges where patrons could go to enjoy their CBD and other cannabis products. Proponents also point to the estimated 25 million in tax revenues that these lounges would produce. Approximately 60 percent of those tax revenues would go to Las Vegas public schools, which traditionally rank poorly compared to other public school systems in the United States.
New Vaping Regulations on Shipping
Hidden within The Appropriations Act that was signed into law on December 27, 2020, were two sections that addressed the legality of vaping and the shipping of vaping products. The first section makes amendments to the Jenkins Act that was passed back in 1949. These amendments are known as the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act.” The new amendments make it so that any Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) is covered in addition to what was initially covered by the Jenkins Act. The second section included in The Appropriations Act addresses changes to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act.
The effect of these changes in the law is that there are several new requirements for distributors who want to ship vaping cartridges or any vaping components through US mail or private carriers. In response to these changes, FedEx will no longer ship vaping products as of March 1, 2021, and UPS will only allow the shipment of vape products “by shippers who have been approved for and have signed a UPS agreement for the transportation of tobacco products.“ DHL already had a ban on shipping vape products before these new rules went into effect.
The US Postal Service issued a proposed rule and was supposed to have a final rule in place by April 27, 2021. As of the writing of this blog, however, due to a large backlash from the hemp and marijuana industries as well as other public concerns, the post office has delayed issuing a final rule. They state the need for more time in order to properly implement the changes that were ordered by Congress.
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