In response, Natural Products Association (NPA) president and CEO Dr. Daniel Fabricant has offered to meet with Virginia governor Ralph Northam to discuss CBD regulations, and work with his administration to protect consumers.
NPA supports legislation passed by the US House of Representatives that provides resources so the FDA can perform a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) and set a safe level of CBD for consumers to use each day. The process would follow the same precedent as red yeast rice, which allows a natural product to contain a level of a drug ingredient that the FDA has determined to be safe. With the exception of Epidiolex, all CBD products in the US are considered illegal by the federal government.
“While we commend the State of Virginia for taking the initiative to regulate products, we are concerned that a patchwork of state laws could confuse consumers and fail to provide all of the necessary federal safeguards, including setting a safe level of daily consumption for CBD. Unfortunately, this is another example of the states filling a vacuum created by the federal government’s inaction. We have promised to work with policymakers in Virginia and across the country to make real progress on regulating the growing CBD marketplace,” said Fabricant.
Read the NPA’s full letter to governor Northam here.