California Will Regulate CBD

For many years, we’ve written about California’s truly bizarre animus towards hemp-derived CBD. Many efforts to regulate CBD failed. Last year, the state finally managed to pass AB-45 but the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hasn’t really done anything since. That will change soon. Finally, California will regulate CBD.

California is getting CBD regulations

At the end of April 2022, CDPH published proposed emergency CBD regulations. The comment period runs through the end of May 2022. We strongly encourage stakeholders to submit comments to any part of the regulations they find objectionable. Once the regulations are finally adopted, they will be notoriously hard to change. CDPH posted guidance for submitting comments here.

How will California regulate CBD?

CDPH’s proposed emergency regulations are not as exhaustive as, say, its old cannabis regulations were. They clock in at around ten pages, and deal mostly with registration for industrial hemp manufacturers. Here are some of the key points:

Different kinds of hemp product manufacturers get different kinds of registrations, licenses, and/or authorizations from the agency. Manufacturers who make different types of product may need multiple registrations. Some out-of-state manufacturers must register with CDPH to import products here. There is a separate

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