While I think CBD is a buzzword
right now, we have a unique
opportunity to really change
the lexicon and drift more
into a hemp extract.”
—Blake Patterson, MarketHub Retail Services
FMI Urges Federal Regulation
In response to requests from the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) for scientific data and research on products containing
cannabis and cannabis-derived products, the Food Marketing
Institute (FMI) spoke out about the confusion surrounding the
industry and pressed the need for expeditious additional clarity.
Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, said that with
consumer interest in hemp-derived products, especially
cannabidiol (CBD), growing so rapidly, the “market is far too
large to remain unregulated.”
“Food retailers need a clear and comprehensive regulatory
framework for the sale and labeling of these products in order to
ensure they are marketed in a safe, responsible fashion,” she said.
FMI called for the FDA to provide guidance on the production,
sale, quality and marketing of these goods, adding that such
guidance would “also be a tool to help facilitate consistent
enforcement and oversight.”
In July, FDA Acting Chief Information Officer Amy Abernethy
tweeted that “FDA is expediting its work to address the many
questions about cannabidiol.” After a public hearing in May and
public docket, she said, the FDA is “enthusiastic about research
into the therapeutic benefits of CBD products but also [needs] to
The association expressed appreciation for the statement but
urged the FDA to “move swiftly” to provide a lawful pathway for
the market to not only ensure these products meet quality and
labeling standards deemed appropriate but also offer consistent
enforcement across all distribution channels.
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But the bill does not provide states with any guidelines
as to how hemp should be regulated or manufactured.
The air around CBD is even foggier, because the compound can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants.
Yet only hemp is exempt from the CSA and marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance, which makes the
distinction between hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD
Erica McBride Stark, executive director of Washington,
D.C.-based National Hemp Association, says CBD lies in
the limbo of being “neither a controlled substance nor
FDA-approved.” States have taken it upon themselves to
Fresh Thyme Farmers
Market keeps some of its
CBD products in
a locked glass case.