CBD and Cannabis News Update

This week’s CBD and cannabis updates from the U.S. and around the globe.

October 22, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Each week, NACS brings you a roundup of news and information on cannabis and CBD to help update you on the fast-moving products and their legality. Here are the topics in the news for the week of October 22—October 25:

U.S. Federal Activity

  • Former FDA Commissioner Wants Agency to Ban Marijuana Vape Products. Last week, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for banning vaping products that contain marijuana due to the recent lung injuries tied to vaping. He went on to say that FDA should regulate marijuana federally so that it can oversee the substance. (Sources: The HilI, CNBC)
  • Dietary Supplement Industry Urges Congress to Act on CBD. This week, the four leading trade associations representing the U.S. dietary supplement industry wrote a joint letter to Congress urging action to ensure consumer safety and provide legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. (Source: Consumer Healthcare Products Association
  • Recent Vaping Illnesses May Stall Marijuana Banking Bill. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) says recent vaping-related deaths have raised health and safety concerns in the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, legislation that gives banks and credit unions legal cover to serve the cannabis industry, despite the drug’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance. (Source: Bloomberg)
U.S. State and Local Activity
  • Pennsylvania Senators Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana. On October 15, two Pennsylvania state senators introduced Senate Bill 350, a marijuana legalization bill that contains provisions for growing cannabis at home, expungement of all cannabis criminal records, door-to-door delivery of marijuana, and a low barrier to marketplace entry for growers and retailers. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Northeastern States Coordinate Marijuana Legalization Plan. A group of governors representing states across the Northeast convened last Thursday for a marijuana summit at which they agreed to basic principles for legal cannabis programs they plan to pursue in 2020. (Source: Marijuana Moment)
  • Manufacturers Race to Bring Marijuana Breathalyzer to Market. Hound Labs of Oakland, California, expects to have a marijuana breathalyzer ready by the second half of 2020. Another firm, SannTek of Canada, also plans to have a product ready during that timeline. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)
NACS has prepared a fact sheet (for members only) to help you navigate what’s legal and what’s not for CBD retailing. Don’t miss the Federal Cannabis Legislation Tracker covering bills that have been introduced in Congress in 2019 pertaining to marijuana legalization that may affect retailers.