FDA Officials Say Hemp And CBD Regulatory Plan Is Months Away As It Carries Out Marijuana Scheduling Review

FDA Officials Say Hemp And CBD Regulatory Plan Is Months Away As It Carries Out Marijuana Scheduling Review
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As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries out a scientific review into marijuana that will inform its federal scheduling status, top officials at the agency say they are months away from releasing a regulatory assessment for hemp-based products like CBD. FDA has faced significant criticism in recent years over the lack of rules allowing for the marketing of cannabis in the food supply or as dietary supplements. Hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, but the agency has long maintained that more research must be done, or Congress should step in again, before regulations for consumable cannabinoid products are finalized. In interviews with the Wall Street Journal that was published on Tuesday, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock and two other officials steering the agency’s cannabis policy, Patrick Cournoyer and Norman Birenbaum, discussed next steps. “Given what we know about the safety of CBD so far, it raises concerns for FDA about whether these existing regulatory pathways for food and dietary supplements are appropriate for this substance,” Woodcock said. It’s possible that FDA may ultimately punt to Congress, as officials have previously said could be necessary in order to forge a regulatory pathway for the plant. Meanwhile, the market for hemp, CBD and more novel intoxicating cannabinoids like delta-8 THC is already widespread across the country. As such, FDA officials seem to increasingly recognize the urgency of rulemaking. “I don’t think that we can have the perfect be the enemy of the good when we’re looking at such a vast market that is so available and utilized,” Birenbaum, a former state marijuana regulator in New York and Rhode Island, told the Journal. “You’ve got a widely unregulated market.” A couple of points that the agency is assessing are whether CBD can be used safely in…

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