Senators Unveil Draft Bill with Pathway for CBD
Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled a lengthy discussion draft titled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act on July 14. The draft language is meant to spur and inform discussions as the senators work to create a final legislative proposal to be introduced as a formal Senate bill.
Section 505 of the discussion draft proposes creating a legal pathway for cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplements. Specifically, the draft proposes amending the definition of “dietary supplement” in 21 U.S.C. § 321(ff) to except CBD derived from hemp from the prohibition against using substances that have been approved as drugs. The draft also proposes a section that states dietary supplements would be adulterated if they contain more CBD than a limit to be set by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Additional language would give FDA enforcement authority over noncompliant products containing CBD that are improperly labeled as dietary supplements and give FDA the authority to require safety-related labeling or packaging as needed for CBD-containing dietary supplements. The proposed language limits the possibility of CBD in dietary supplements to CBD derived from cannabis plants, limiting opportunities for synthetically-produced CBD.
Other provisions in the draft would decriminalize marijuana by removing “marihuana” and “tetrahydrocannabinols” from the list of Schedule I controlled substances at 21 U.S.C. § 812, expunge non-violent marijuana crimes, and allow compliant cannabis businesses access to financial services, among other items.
The sponsoring senators request comments from stakeholders. A comprehensive summary of the discussion draft is available here. If final language is developed and a bill is introduced, the bill would join S. 1698 and H.R. 841, other bills introduced in Congress this session that seek movement on CBD.