As you are well aware, the primary policy challenging facing the hemp-derived CBD industry is guidance issued by FDA, opining that it is illegal for CBD to be introduced into interstate commerce as a food additive or dietary supplement. While the FDA has announced that it will unveil its timetable for action this fall, it could be many months before they issue a formal regulation.
Two of our hemp champions in Congress, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and James Comer (R-KY) have joined forces to do something about it. And they need your help to rally other Congressmen to join the fight.
Yesterday, Reps. Pingree and Comer sent all members of the US House of Representatives a “Dear Colleague” letter, asking them to co-sign a letter that urges the FDA to issue formal “enforcement discretion” on the sale of hemp CBD products. This would mean that the FDA would formally stand down on any enforcement of its troublesome anti-CBD guidance. Such a policy would remove significant risk from the sale of CBD products.
Please email your Congressman TODAY, urging him or her to co-sign the Pingree/Comer FDA letter.
As always, we have made it super easy for you to contact your Representative. Simply click onto our online portal, with your email and zip code, and a message will automatically populate to be sent to your Congressman. Please feel free to personalize the message to explain why hemp CBD is important to you, your family, your company, or your farm.
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN
As we let you know last Friday, we received some very disappointing news from Sacramento: AB 228, legislation that would have legalized the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in California, was declared dead for the session. This caught us by surprise – the bill had been through 5 committees and the House floor, and had never received a “no” vote.
We still don’t know the full details why, but we’ve been assured that AB 228, or a bill like it, will pass before the end of January, if not earlier.
But as we just learned, we cannot positive thoughts for granted. We need your help TODAY.
Please use our online State Action Center to contact your state legislators with two urgent requests:
1. To contact the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where the bill was held, to allow consideration this month on AB 228 or a similar bill.
2. To contact the Governor to urge him to instruct the California Department of Public Health to cease and desist on any enforcement actions while the legislature deliberates. We cannot allow them to continue to cast a pall on this thriving industry.
We have made it easy for you in our State Action Center: just type in your name, email and zip code, and a message will be populated and sent directly to your representatives in California. Feel free to personalize the message to let your reps know what hemp and CBD mean to you, your family, your farm, and/or your business.
And please rally all of your friends in California to join these efforts today. When we share our voices, we win!
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