Once again, efforts to push legislation that would allow cannabinoids to be used in food and beverages failed to pass in California. The state’s debate over how CBD and other cannabinoids should be allowed to be sold outside of marijuana dispensaries continues.
State legislators decided not to hold a vote on the bill before ending the legislative session on Monday. If it had passed, the bill would have addressed testing and labeling requirements for CBD products, including rules like not allowing products that tested above 0.3% THC. The state department would have also had previsions to license and register food manufacturing facilities for products containing cannabinoids.
Without new rules, California is still using its 2018 ruling that says that CBD cannot be used in any food or drinks.
Despite the apparent conflict of interest, many hemp producers were pleased with the results, having worked against the measure. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable, however, was profoundly disappointed that the bill didn’t pass. The national advocacy group put substantial amounts of effort into trying to pass this and similar legislature.
The bill was originally delayed in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and was revisited in August.