Lawmakers Hope 2023 Farm Bill Includes New CBD Regulations

Posted by Yammy CBD on Feb 13th 2023

Lawmakers Hope 2023 Farm Bill Includes New CBD Regulations

A growing number of lawmakers, frustrated that CBD has been left unregulated for so long, are working to add language to the 2023 farm bill they believe will clarify things for hemp growers, CBD processors, and consumers.

As things currently stand, the legal hemp and CBD industries are in a state of flux while we wait on the FDA to figure out how to regulate things. The FDA's lack of movement since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp cultivation and distribution has created a number of problems:

  • Product labeling inconsistencies
  • Unnecessary crop destruction
  • The introduction of alternative cannabinoids.

Alternative cannabinoids are becoming especially problematic for the simple fact that some of them have psychoactive properties, giving manufacturers the ability to create psychoactive products that do not contain THC. The most well-known among these alternative cannabinoids is Delta-8 THC.

Working on a Bill

Earlier this year, a group of lawmakers teamed up with hemp industry stakeholders to begin crafting legislation they could add to the 2023 farm bill discussion in hopes of adding it to the final bill congress will eventually vote on. A priority among the lawmakers is to eliminate some of the "unjust" and "ridiculous" requirements hemp growers and CBD manufacturers must now adhere to.

For example, the distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana boils down to THC content. Unfortunately, the current volume measurement is a percentage based on dry weight. There is also no distinction between unharvested hemp plants and consumer-ready products.

Why is this a problem? Because a hemp plant that contains more than 0.3% THC by volume (dry weight) is actually considered marijuana by law. The grower is not allowed to harvest a plant in that condition. Rather, it must be destroyed. Changing the law would allow growers to harvest plants with a higher THC concentration with the understanding that they will go to processors who will extract the cannabinoids and then dispose of the leftover plant material.

Lawmakers also want to increase the THC threshold for hemp and change the dry weight measurement to a total volume per unit, thereby eliminating one of the loopholes some manufacturers utilize to include higher concentrations of THC in otherwise legal CBD products.

Bringing Much Needed Clarity

Industry leaders want to see other changes that would facilitate better CBD regulation included in the 2023 farm bill. Without getting into details, the idea is to bring some much-needed clarity to what we do. Lawmaker efforts have strong support within the industry, among everyone from hemp growers to CBD retailers.

Here's hoping that legislation sponsors attack the labeling problem as well. Here at Yammy, we make every effort to guarantee that our products are properly and accurately labeled. We are committed to making sure our customers know exactly what they are buying when they purchase CBD drops, oils, gummies, CBD Vapes, etc. from us.

Not every manufacturer and retailer feels the same way. Unfortunately, there are those industry players who make little to no effort to guarantee accurate labeling. That is why it's so important to find reputable retailers from whom you can buy your CBD products – and stick with them.

We invite you to take a look at our inventory of CBD products. Every product we sell meets or exceeds all federal and state regulations. Our products meet the highest industry standards for quality and purity. If you ever have a question about something you buy from us, don't be afraid to ask. In the meantime, we'll keep an eye on how lawmakers are doing with their attempts to better regulate CBD through the 2023 farm bill.