Turmoil At UK Advisory Board On CBD Resignations, Removals & Recriminations

Turmoil At UK Advisory Board On CBD Resignations, Removals & Recriminations
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Hemp Today reports A UK advisory board on CBD was scheduled to meet today amid turmoil that has left members representing two trade bodies no longer a part of the panel. Kyle Esplin of the Scottish Hemp Association (SHA) and Charles Clowes, Director of the UK’s Cannabis Industry Council (CIC) were either removed from the Secretariat Advisory Board (SAB) to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on CBD or resigned, according to conflicting statements released Monday. The commotion emerged following publication of an industry guidance proposal released to HempToday by Esplin two weeks ago that suggested a radical shift in strategy for regulation of the UK CBD sector. Most thorny is a recommendation that the UK government abandon the current system for approving CBD products through the Food Safety Agency’s regime for new or “novel” foods, and in its place institute a food-safety system based on certificates of analysis (COAs), which was among several policy proposals. CTA complains The proposal’s release drew criticism from SAB member the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA), whose executive directors, Marika Graham-Woods and Sian Phillips, suggested in a statement released Monday that the proposal was an “incomplete draft document.” “The CTA has not changed position relating to Novel Foods nor have we made a U-turn,” according to the CTA statement, which claimed Esplin and Clowes were “ejected from the SAB.” In a letter also released yesterday, Esplin said he resigned from the board following Clowes’ resignation last week. In addition to CTA and the Scottish association, other groups listed on the final page of the draft proposal as, presumably, parties to the APPG SAB were: The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), the British Hemp Alliance (BHA) and the Cannabis Services Advisory Board (Jersey). SHA and the CIC are no…

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