State AGs Want Role in Regulation of CBD-Containing Products
Many, including state regulators, are closely watching the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it works through the challenges associated with regulating cannabidiol (CBD) products. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), CBD cannot lawfully be added to a food or marketed as a dietary supplement; however, industry has been pressuring the Agency to create a pathway for the lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements through either an exception by regulation to the FD&C Act or through a nonenforcement policy.
As previously reported on this blog, FDA held a public meeting on May 31, 2019 to obtain scientific data and information about the safety of FDA-regulated products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds. The Agency has made clear that outstanding questions related to the safety of CBD products must first be addressed before a regulatory framework can be established for lawfully marketing foods and dietary supplements containing CBD.
In response to FDA’s request for safety data and information, on July 16, 2019, a coalition of 37 Attorneys Generals submitted a letter to FDA, urging the Agency to cooperate with the states to protect consumer from false advertising and potential harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including CBD. The letter also urged the Agency to develop ongoing assessments of potential risk and benefits of these products, including how they interact with other dietary or pharmaceutical products. Ultimately, the letter requests that FDA “ensure that states maintain a role as regulators in this emerging market.”