California Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Smokable Hemp And Sale Of CBD-Infused Foods And Drinks

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday signed a bill that stands to dramatically expand the state’s hemp industry by legalizing retail sales of a wide range of consumable products derived from the plant. Until now, the lack of explicit regulations has inhibited the hemp market, stakeholders say. The governor’s signing of AB 45 means that non-intoxicating cannabinoids, including CBD, can be sold as dietary supplements and as ingredients in food and beverages. The bill lays the groundwork for the sale of smokable hemp in California, but lawmakers must first pass a measure to establish a tax scheme for those products before they can be marketed. Stakeholders say they will be working closely with the legislature to advance a tax measure during next year’s session. In the meantime, hemp producers can immediately begin growing and manufacturing smokable products to be sold in other states. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,200 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — The now-signed legislation contains various requirements for testing and labeling of hemp products. It additionally lays out rules for selling items with hemp-derived cannabinoids in California that are produced in other states. The California Department of Public Health will now get to work crafting rules to implement the legislation, which also allows cannabinoid-infused pet foods to be sold. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D), sponsor of the bill, told the U.S. Hemp Roundtable in a recent interview that she was motivated to bring about the reform proposal after seeing hemp products being sold across the state and…

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