Following up on the summary from a national publication, here’s the full report on Utah CBD seizures from the Salt Lake Tribune.
For one thing we now know which laws authorities are attempting to enforce.
“….businesses in the state buying products from a wide array of companies abroad and selling them here are operating outside Utah’s laws allowing for limited hemp extracts to be sold, according to state officials.
‘It’s not legal,’ said Lt. Todd Royce, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. ‘Recreational use CBD never has been legal, and is not currently legal.’
Royce said the state Bureau of Investigation has recently undertaken a broad probe into the CBD industry in Utah, as businesses have openly advertised products that Royce and others say aren’t allowed without a card from the Dep’t of Health.”
The interpretation may or may not be tied into differing perceptions of federal law about CBD by the DEA and the Hemp Industry Association which contends in its lawsuit against the DEA that the 2014 Farm Act is the operative federal statute in this matter. That case will be heard in federal district court this February, but likely won’t be finally decided for a good while after that given likely appeals.
In any case, Utah authorities have decided that the 2014 state law tied to making limited use of CBD extracts legal for severe cases of epilepsy, and only with a state issued card for that particular purpose, is fully applicable to the whole CBD Hemp Oil situation here.
Also, as we noted in Part One, Utah legislators with years of opposing whole plant cannabis medicine as proposed in 2016’s SB73 and in the current petition for a 2018 ballot initiative are also active in this matter.
There’s more detail in the story, which we highly recommend. E.g., it concerns bills in the upcoming legislative session which could be cast to effect public sentiment about the initiative if the petitions backing it are certified for the 2018 ballot.
In one possible scenario, Representative Brad Daw offered the following:
“Daw said Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, will propose legislation that would allow for the widespread sale and possession of CBD. Vickers didn’t respond to a request for comment, but Daw said the legislation wouldn’t limit who can purchase CBD but would set up regulations for testing and labeling to protect the public.”
On its surface this is not unlike one area a number of our own posts have discussed: the need for product safety on the same level as buying ibruprofen at local supermarkets and pharmacies. But of course, the devil may be in the details.
Again, we’ll keep sharing what we learn about this story, what’s behind the surface, and how it will effect Utah’s patients….
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