Oregon is now the only west coast state to allow consumers to buy CBD food and drink from grocery stores.
Washington state residents will now have to go dispensaries for these products, due to a new law that went into effect last month. Even though congress passed a farm bill that legalized the production and sale of hemp-derived CBD in 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve CBD as a legal food product.
New York and California have also banned CBD foods from being sold outside of licensed dispensaries.
“Part of the challenge here is just overcoming misinformation around what the impacts of the 2018 Farm Bill were and people not understanding exactly what the regulatory environment is,” Steve Fuller, assistant director of the Food Safety and Consumer Services division of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, told Leafly.
The FDA is testing CBD as a legal food product, and is expected to issue findings later this year.
By Andy Thompson