“One thing we have to realize from now on is that it doesn't matter if this is a dream or not. Survival depends on what we do, not what we think.”
In a previous post I was ringing the bell; from Maine to New York City, CBD hemp oil and other CBD consumables are being embargoed, and these products are being sent back to their maker. That's not good for anyone.
Since then, similar actions were taken in Ohio and other jurisdictions. Now, North Carolina has issued warning letters to CBD manufactures in that state, again citing FDA's statement on the issue. At least NC sent a warning, but the blockade is coming folks.
Let's be clear, these actions against hemp are being taken by state and local agencies, not the FDA. However, those states are taking the FDA's position; that CBD should not be used as a supplement because of a federal patent. It is not because CBD is found to be unsafe.
In Vermont, we're fortunate that all hemp oversight is with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM). Vermont's Administration and its Ag Agency have stated repeatedly there's "no way" the punitive actions we saw in Maine, and elsewhere will happen here. That's an encouraging and protective stance right now towards Vermont's CBD growers and processors.
However, at the end of the day, it is the FDA and not Vermont Ag that is poised to put the brakes on our budding hemp industry.
Our Congressional delegation's DC offices are not hearing enough from those concerned about the FDA's stance on CBD. That's where you come in, good people everywhere. And to the businesses signing petitions to Congress and the FDA; thank you for getting on that.
However this situation calls for more, before FDA decides to shut the door on hemp extracts of CBD. We have to speak up now; kindly, clearly, and in large numbers.
Everyone who has a stake in this, just a few short minutes to email or call your representatives today, will make a huge difference.
Sen. Leahy and Sanders especially want to hear from us. And as Vermont's own presidential candidate, Bernie needs to take a stand for hemp.
It's important to call direct to the DC office. Here are the phone numbers and email links to Vermont's representatives:
To make it really easy, here are the key point to draw from when you speak with the staffer that answers the phone. Or hey, just copy and paste this prepared text into an email! Or provide your own. However you do it, the key issue is this:
We must strongly urge our members of Congress to move the FDA to issue regulations that authorize the use of CBD in food, beverages, and dietary supplements.
Vermont’s hemp and CBD industry has grown rapidly in the last few years. Dozens of new and expanding companies, and hundreds of farms are involved.
The majority of Vermont’s 400+ registered hemp farms and business are producing CBD, a compound for which the World Health Organization found no risk of toxicity or dependence.
Remember to take your CBD
Ok, here are those #s and email addresses again:
As always, your comments and questions are most welcome! Please chime in below. Made the calls, or took other action? Leave a comment.
I'm Netaka, friends call me Tak ("tock"). I write from Vermont and curate Tak About Hemp.