Governor Janet Mills has signed legislation into law authorizing the sale of CBD products. The emergency legislation was written after warnings were sent to retailers regarding CBD products. The legislation treats CBD like a food and not a medicine.
Representative Craig Hickman wrote the legislation, according to the Portland Press Herald. The whole event came as a misunderstanding from health inspectors were instructed to inform and educate, not order actions or warn retailers. The state has apologized for the miscommunication.
Hickman said, “Happy planting, hemp farmers.”
Hickman said, “We heard from farmers, processors, retailers, health care practitioners and people who have found relief in the medicinal qualities of the nutrient dense whole food that is the hemp plant. They needed us to act.”
The law took effect immediately as it was signed into law and allows CBD to be included in food items, including pet food.
Governor Mills said, “I am glad we were able to take steps to rectify this issue.”
Some are worried that there could be too much oversight with the new legislation, but most are thrilled that clarification was put in place.