News has recently come out from Sacramento according to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable via email that AB-228 Food, beverage, and cosmetic adulterants: industrial hemp products (2019-2020), the legislation to legalize the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in California, was declared dead for the session. This caught the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, investors, businesses and consumers alike all in shock and surprise. Previously the bill had passed through 5 committees and the House floor without ever receiving a “No” opposing vote.
Reports and rumors are stating that AB 228 or a similar bill regarding Hemp CBD products will be passed before the end of January 2020, if not earlier, however this leaves much in question for millions in the state.
This move is just another setback and strange message sent from the state of California. Despite the Farm Bill of 2018, continued support of Hemp CBD products nationwide and additional state legislation for many other states California has fallen behind.
Those within the state are urged to consider contacting the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where the bill was held, to allow consideration this month on AB 228 or a similar bill. Additionally, urges have been made to contact the Governor to urge him to instruct the California Department of Public Health to cease and desist on any enforcement actions while the legislature deliberates.
Feel free to personalize the message to let your reps know what hemp and CBD mean to you, your family, your farm, and/or your business. Those in support are encouraged to rally all friends in California to join these efforts today.