SB126 would require the Dept. of Agriculture and Food to issue licenses regulating hemp cannabidiol production and sale. Hemp cannabidiol products would be sold by pharmacies. (AP Photo)
New legislation that would regulate production and sale of hemp cannabidiol products in Utah is set for a Senate vote after it passed committee on Feb. 7.
SB130 would require the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to issue licenses regulating hemp cannabidiol production and sale. Hemp cannabidiol products would be sold by pharmacies to individuals prescribed their use by a doctor.
Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, the bill’s sponsor, said many cannabidiol products currently being sold in unregulated environments may be laced with harmful products.
SB130 would regulate two areas of hemp policy, Vickers said. The first portion would regulate what types of hemp cannabidiol are sold, and the second portion would regulate their distribution through approved pharmacies.
“This is a medical product that the Department of Agriculture would take over, growing the product in the state of Utah, growing the hemp CBD plant,” Vickers said. “They would oversee the production of that product, taking that hemp CBD and transforming it into a medicinal dosage form of a product a physician would feel comfortable prescribing to a patient.”
Vickers said that while some pharmacies will refuse to sell cannabis products, it is important to make safe cannabinoid products available to individuals with medical needs.
Scott Erickson, deputy commissioner at the Department of Agriculture and Food, spoke in support of SB130. Erickson said some unregulated hemp cannabidiol products are mixed with other products or foods, causing harm to users.
“FDA is responsible for regulating drugs, but (cannabidiols) are not necessarily drugs,” Erickson said. “There is a hole this bill attempts to address.”
SB130 would also grant the Department of Agriculture and Food the