The Wild West Of CBD Products Could End Soon In California

The push to create a regulatory system in California has dragged on for years

California is poised to clamp down on the fast-growing hemp market in a push to make sure CBD-infused products are accurately labeled and safe — a shift that could be felt nationwide, given the state’s formidable purchasing power.

The extract used in soap, food and other wellness goods has exploded in popularity since Congress legalized hemp in the 2018 farm bill. But the FDA has refused to regulate CBD, or cannabidiol, as a dietary supplement because it’s an active ingredient in a federally approved medication. In the absence of federal oversight, states largely have been left to monitor the products — and untested and mislabeled items have been flooding stores.

The push to create a regulatory system in California has dragged on for years amid ongoing fights in the sister hemp and cannabis industries such as whether to allow inhalable hemp products, an idea loathed in the cannabis world.

Hemp, cannabis and dietary supplement interests this year finally coalesced around a proposal that many in the hemp industry say will force bad actors worldwide to make a choice: clean up their operations or lose access to the largest health and wellness market in the U.S.

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