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CBD business operators currently have a sizeable economic advantage when it comes to their high-THC cannabis/extract counterparts. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, their operations are legal, (in many jurisdictions) lightly taxed, and available through online sales.California CBD business

But what will it mean for the CBD side of things when/if marijuana products of all (or at least higher) THC levels becomes legal? Specifically, we’re talking about legalization of recreational marijuana. Here in California, as well as in 17 other states, Washington, D.C. and Guam, that’s already the reality. Yet CBD businesses continue not only to operate, but to thrive.

Our CBD business lawyers recognize the retail landscape may inevitably shift once recreational marijuana becomes legal, but we also believe in the strong likelihood the two can co-exist. Not everyone wants high-THC products – specifically in the realm of pet products, beauty topicals,  and cosmetics. Plus, there are a fair number of people who aren’t heavy users of THC, but may still want to indulge occasionally in a way that is safe.

Recent analysis reveal that the legal recreational marijuana market dwarfs the CBD market – $50 billion to $8 billion. Still, neither sector’s size is anything to sneeze at.

In shops that sell high-THC cannabis products, CBD product sales have fallen in recent years (at least so far as California goes). But it’s our theory that when adult use recreational marijuana becomes legal, there will be an increase in sales for both – particularly in mature markets. Continue reading

The 2018 Farm Bill left no question as to the legality of hemp when it removed the crop – and its derivatives like CBD – from the definition of “marijuana” as listed within the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. The measure gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory authority over how hemp could be grown under federal guidelines. That said, states were given the option to assert primary regulatory authority over hemp growth and production inside its own borders. States that wanted to do this needed to submit plans to the USDA. Los Angeles CBD Lawyer

Although states weren’t given a strict deadline for submission of their own plans, it was noted in USDA interim rules that previous federal statute governing cultivation of hemp (the 2014 Farm Bill) expires at the end of October. That means hemp industry insiders in states that don’t turn in their hemp cultivation and production plans prior to Oct. 31, 2020 may have issues if their practices are not consistent with federal law.

As a longtime Los Angeles CBD lawyer, I have been closely watching these developments in California. In 2019, state lawmakers passed SB-153, a measure that required the state’s attorney general and department of food and agriculture to team up and put forth a hemp production plan to the federal agriculture department by no later than May 2020. However, that did not happen. According to the USDA, the feds are still waiting on California’s plan. Continue reading

In what is being characterized as an abrupt change in CBD edible products policy, New York City has begun cracking down on CBD oil following by a late-last-year ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deeming CBD unsafe for consumption in culinary use. Los Angeles CBD business attorneys have begun seeing in this in California also. CBD edibles California law

Last summer, the Orange County Health Department began paying visits to coffee shops, bars and cafes, seizing CBD-laced food and warning the company to stop using illegal cannabis or else pay a fine. The Orange County Register reported the new rules were causing a major shift in the trend of widespread use of CBD oil. The rules impacted many L.A. restaurants and bars that were beginning to rely on sales from CBD cocktail and/or supplement. Some businesses reported CBD-laced products account for 30 percent of their business.

Last week, Florida’s new Secretary of Agriculture – who ran partially on increasing access to medical marijuana – recently made a public statement asserting CBD is not legal to sell in Florida. There is, however, a pending bill in the state legislature that proposes a state regulatory framework for cultivation of hemp and quality control for CBD. Mandatory testing and FDA approval would all be part of that, but so far, that measure has not passed. Continue reading

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