For years, hemp CBD products have been held to vastly different legal and regulatory standards than cannabis. But new rules from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission seek to change that. The rules aren’t in place yet; regulators are still considering them. But the change would require industrial hemp growers and processors to obtain a special permit if they wish to sell their products in a licensed cannabis retail store.
Growing CBD Demand Prompts Oregon Regulators to Consider New Rules
Cannabidiol (CBD), the therapeutic yet non-psychoactive compound produced by cannabis plants, has become a nationwide health and wellness phenomenon. And the popularity of CBD has catapulted the United States’ hemp industry into the national spotlight. Last December, the 2018 Farm Bill took the extraordinary step of federally legalizing industrial hemp and all of its products (with less than 0.3 percent THC). Yet prior federal legislation had already cleared the way for states to legalize and regulate their own hemp industries.
In Oregon, hemp regained its status as an agricultural commodity three years ago. Today, the state is one of the country’s centers of industrial hemp cultivation, along with Colorado and Kentucky. (Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has long-championed legalizing industrial hemp,