Two trade groups leave UK CBD advisory board amid conflict over sector guidance

Two trade groups leave UK CBD advisory board amid conflict over sector guidance
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While it seemed like the UK was finally making progress regarding the policies surrounding CBD, there has been a setback with the CBD advisory board. Following the release of an industry guidance, two trade groups have left the panel. It is unclear whether Charles Clowes, Director of the UK’s Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), and Kyle Esplin from the Scottish Hemp Association (SHA) were forcibly removed from the Secretariat Advisory Board (SAB) to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on CBD or whether they resigned. What is clear, however, is that they are no longer part of the advisory board. The industry guidance proposal that is believed to have led to their no longer being part of the panel recommends the following, among numerous other policy suggestions that they disagreed with: Abolishing the current system for approving CBD products through the Food Safety Agency’s new “novel” foods regime Implementing a food-safety system based on certificates of analysis (COAs) The proposal also suggests a fundamental change in the approach to the regulation of the UK CBD sector. Unhappy Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) The Secretariat Advisory Board (SAB) member Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) are complaining about the proposal, culminating in its executive directors Marika Graham-Woods and Sian Phillips releasing a statement claiming that the proposal is ultimately an “incomplete draft document.” According to their statement, “The CTA has not changed position relating to Novel Foods, nor have we made a U-turn.” They also claim that Clowes and Esplin were expelled from the panel. However, Esplin claimed in the letter he released on Sunday, June 26th, that he resigned from the board straight after Clowes did. These conflicting statements make it unclear if they left on their own accord. Esplin unable to support Tenacious Labs Tenacious Labs is a company that produces CBD wellness products…

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