Despite a new state law in Georgia regarding industrial hemp, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the law does not allow use of cannabidiol oil, known as CBD, as a food additive or dietary supplement.
Black reminds Georgians that while the signing into law of HB213 allows for the sale of hemp and hemp products, inclusion of cannabidiol oil into a food or dietary supplement is still unlawful, according to the Federal Food and Drug Administration regulations.
“The passing and signage of the industrial hemp bill is the first step in a complex and multistep process,” Black said. “The state of Georgia follows the rules established by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, and FDA has been very clear that CBD is not currently permissible for inclusion in food and dietary supplements.”
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Division adopts the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. According to the provisions of the FDA’s Federal Code of Regulations, the inclusion of CBD or hemp into a food, animal feed or dietary supplement renders that product adulterated.
“Until FDA changes their regulations, the Department cannot license or otherwise endorse the production of CBD adulterated food or feed products,” Black said.
The FDA has scheduled a public hearing in May on the safety, sale and use of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including CBD.
In addition to allowing for the sale of hemp and hemp products, HB213 also allows for the licensed cultivation and processing of hemp. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is in the process of drafting rules and regulations for the state’s hemp cultivation and processing program. The Department expects to post these rules for public comment in the coming months and will begin issuing grower licenses and processor permits once the rules are finalized.