Chair of the USA’s House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson has sponsored a bipartisan bill that would enable the FDA to allow marketing of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) dietary supplements.

At present it’s illegal to market CBD by labeling it as a dietary supplement according to the FDA’s interpretation of federal law. The FDA has concluded CBD products are excluded from the dietary supplement definition under a provision in a section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

“Under that provision, if a substance (such as THC or CBD) is an active ingredient in a drug product that has been approved under section 505 of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. § 355], or has been authorized for investigation as a new drug for which substantial clinical investigations have been instituted and for which the existence of such investigations has been made public, then products containing that substance are excluded from the…

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