Signed as Law: Colorado Expands Hemp Market, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Effect

DENVER, Colo. (June 5, 2018) – Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law establishing that hemp will be treated like any other food ingredient. Enactment of this law paves the way for further expansion of the state’s hemp market and will help further nullify federal prohibition in effect.

A bipartisan coalition of three legislators sponsored House Bill 1295 (HB1295). The new law establishes that food and cosmetics are not “adulterated” or “misbranded” by virtue of containing industrial hemp. According to the Denver Post, the law formalizes an 11-month old state policy that applies existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffees and hemp-derived extracts rich in the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol.

In effect, the new law “normalizes” hemp and treats it like any other food ingredient.

The law also goes a step further, prohibiting any company with an FDA-approved pharmaceutical on the market from initiating criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings in order to prevent the nonpharmaceutical production, sale, or distribution of naturally occurring cannabinoid or cannabinoid extracts or from restricting the nonpharmaceutical production, sale, or distribution of naturally occurring cannabinoid or cannabinoid extracts. In effect, this will prevent pharmaceutical companies …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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