Is US Hemp Policy Heading For Farm Bill, Act III?
It could take next farm bill, on lawmakers’ 2023 to-do list, to extinguish inferno of disagreement between FDA and regulated industries over lawful use of hemp-based ingredients in supplements as well as food and non-drug topicals. Before 2018 bill de-scheduled hemp, 2014 bill expanded access to hemp for research.
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Whether lawmakers will favor legislation aligning with FDA’s thinking or hemp industry’s preferences isn’t known, says Jonathan Miller, US Hemp Roundtable general counsel. “We're feeling pretty confident that something's going to happen.”
Pathway separate from FDA’s regulation of drugs and food would include rules on content limits, labeling, disclosure of ingredients– including assurances of no contaminants, and requirements to mitigate accidental ingestion.
Hemp Industries Association, National Industrial Hemp Council and US Hemp Roundtable say their “unprecedented alliance among 31 nonprofit hemp organizations portends promise for congressional enactment of the industry’s agenda.”