FDA Chairman Explains CBD Regulatory Pathway

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was again pressed on the agency’s plan to regulate hemp-derived CBD products.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) voiced concerns about the “significant regulatory and enforcement uncertainty” surrounding marketing CBD, which has been raised at several hearings since industrial hemp and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. The senator asked Gottlieb how he thinks the FDA should use discretion in its enforcement efforts.

“We’re using enforcement discretion right now,” the commissioner said. “I will take enforcement action against CBD products that are on the market if manufacturers are making what I consider over-the-line claims.”

But what constitutes an “over-the-line” claim?

FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products


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