CBD Is Still Banned in States With Legal Weed



as more states legalize recreational marijuana use another part of the cannabis plant has found a market niche CBD short for cannabidiol is a molecule that can be derived from hemp or cannabis since it doesn't contain THC it won't get you high CBD has become a trendy ingredient in wellness products because of its purported therapeutic benefits it can even be found in dog treats to help with canine anxiety I wanted to put this into a format that I thought could be mainstream and I thought beverage would be the best format for that Jonathan Epis is the founder of vibes a company that makes CBD drinks that are sold in nearly 250 US grocery stores coffee shops restaurants and hotels uppers launched his los angeles-based company in 2017 after using CBD oils to treat his own anxiety but the products he sells are illegal in California I really didn't think too much about the regulations around CBD because CBD oil was being sold in grocery stores here in LA and it was like kind of everywhere in January 2019 episode officials from the California Department of Public Health showed up to one of his Los Angeles warehouses where they confiscated 140 thousand dollars worth of vibes beverages the other thing that really was tough about it is when the inspectors went into the warehouse they asked the warehouse to turn over all the shipping logs and they use that information and to go after our co-packer up in Northern California and so for basically two months we haven't been able to sell vibes which is costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars California is just one of many states where CBD sales are legally murky but law clearly allows for the sale of cannabis derived CBD products but items that contain the hemp version of the molecule are prohibited the Department of Public Health here is of the view that CBD can't be put in foods beverages animal foods you name it basically many different kinds of commercial products in this state Griffin thorn a cannabis lawyer with Harris breakn says California's stance is part of a larger trend but it is kind of interesting that you have marijuana which is still federally illegal and there's a path towards sales for companies that want to actually make and sell marijuana products whereas CBD is derived from a plant that's no longer federally illegal but there are a ton of roadblocks and there's zero clarity on how to do it for many products just months after a pers launched his company the California Department of Public Health adopted the Food and Drug Administration's stance on CBD and declared that products containing the compound cannot be sold by unlicensed retailers further complicating the regulatory landscape I was confused because CBD had been sold in California for several years there's one getting bigger and all of a sudden they were coming out saying that we couldn't put this in food and beverages so it was like what what changed it's a strange phenomenon when you can go down the street in LA and there's a cannabis store on every corner selling weed or across the street and buy alcohol and get drunk and drive a car but you can't drink you know CBD like many CBD entrepreneurs uppers continued selling his product while requesting that the state provide legal clarification his pleas have gone unanswered uppers was hopeful that the passage of the 2018 u.s. farm bill removing hemp from the Controlled Substances list would establish that his products are fully legal that wasn't the case it wasn't until after the farm bill passed that California became a lot more aggressive and actually going after companies here in California that were producing CBD products it's just still kind of delay overs from Prohibition kenny morrison a cannabis industry veteran who runs VCC brands and serves as president of the California cannabis Manufacturers Association sees parallels between today's CBD market and the early days of recreational marijuana the retail model of cannabis being sold at a storefront in order for that to become accepted and commonplace people had to sort of break the law or interpret the law in a new way in order to make it happen and we're seeing that with CBD as well so it's kind of ironic that now cannabis is super regulated and CBD still isn't yet cannabis paved the way for CBD with consumer sales of CBD products projected to top two billion dollars by 2020 lawmakers in several states including California are pushing for bipartisan legislation that would legalize the use of CBD in food beverage and cosmetic products what's happened with the state kind of clamping down on this and we after it is it's really brought the industry together now we've got the politicians in California involved and they're very tuned in to this fortunately there's a lot of support for the bill California's CBD bill is currently making its way through this date house the move Epis and others hope will clean up the regulatory mess left over from Prohibition

47 Comments

  1. Fuck government

  2. Are we supposed to feel bad because he didn’t bother to find out what the law was first? Nah! He got what he had coming to him. A little research would’ve spared himself some trouble.

  3. Here in America if it makes you feel good or better it's illegal, if it will kill you it's legal. Crazy greedy country I live in.

  4. One of the weirder questions I never see addressed or clarified. CBD is illegal when mixed with food products and drinks (falls under FDA rules), but what about the pure CBD oil only? This is a supplement, not mixed in food. Does this equate to an edible as well?

  5. Ya gotta Pay to Play with the big boy's son, I use 22%CBD OIL for PAIN and it's raw and bitter BUT IT WORKS. Stick with your dreams ~

  6. 1.Fuck the FDA, they are an inbred mutated homunculus of their former selves.
    2.What did you expect from such a screwed up state as California, give me break.

  7. CBD doesn't even work. It sucks.

  8. Them: Let’s make an industry and tax weed! It’ll be great.

    Me: No, the government will fuck it up.

    Govt: Fucks it up.

    Them: Pikachu_face.jpg

  9. How to sensibly buy LEGAL CBD oil? Because I got a letter saying customs have confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  10. The government is like shit on your heel. Hard to get off and it stinks.

  11. It's NOT a "strange phenomena", you just need to understand why certain laws exist, and who are the real benefactors from not the law itself, but from the enforcement of said law . . . even if said law does not exist. People need to realize that politicians do not work for us, and laws are not enacted to protect us, but rather to protect the elite or provide them with more power and/or control.

  12. Oh California why why why

  13. This is weird because hemp is legal in Kentucky, while CBD is illegal in California, despite marijuana being legal? Government…

  14. Let Eppers sell his uppers to help downers!

    Or is it downers to help downers?

  15. I work at a convience store in NC, and we sell CBD products, and they sell greate. I have many regular customers that take it everyday for everything from anxiety to swollen ankles.

  16. De-Population Agenda. They don't want is to be healthy!

  17. Why didn't the dude studied the law before starting the business. Burocracy are often assohles but get well informed before selling a product with an illegal substance in it. It's crazy that beverages with all sorts of chemicals are allowed but one that actually has a well known natural calming effect is banned

  18. Anti-anxiety drugs are associated with every single mass shooting since Columbine… CSU refused to allow my research papers on CBD in '88… PharmChem & DOJ are tools of global tyranny.

  19. Dumbass right wingers:Urr California is a communist state that won't let people sell cannibis products! He should come to Texas, where….. it''s…. illegal to smoke weed and… where Tesla can't sell you a car without going through the dealership organizations and…. where they lock your ass up because you dared to get high. But don't worry, you can can still get blackout drunk yeehaaaw!

  20. You need to recognize it’s a threat to pharmaceutical companies. You are stepping on their sales. Get real.

  21. The democratic people's republic of California

  22. and this is because of FDA and health dept regulations. Cant put it in food yet. But you can sell it as an extract.

  23. Can you imagine if a codebase were run the way governments run statute law?

  24. I can see a certain logic in CBD being treated as a prescription drug, and therefore not be sold over the counter to anyone, and included as an ingredient of a food item. There would need to be hard evidence to back up the risk of harmful effects when use is not supervised by a medical professional though. I don’t know enough about it myself to have an opinion.

  25. Big Pharma says, we will let you get high, but not help for your ailments.

  26. They are going to monopolize the weed biz so if you dont already have tons of money it's pointless unless you wanna be a budtender, manager of a dispensary, or someone who makes the products like a slave. Rich liberals have taken over. That farm bill was to take peoples farms to use for marijuana and hemp crops.

  27. all laws are terrorism by definition.

    if the government tries to steal your stuff, or tries to kidnap you, its your natural right to kill the terrorists (cops) in self defense…… if cops want to live… they can, and will, live in peace…. live in peace, or die, its THAT simple. PROBLEM SOLVED!

  28. Fucking California haha

  29. Banifornia sucks.

  30. If your pet needs CBD oil, www.rxpetmart.com sells HempRx.

  31. CBD is legal in several states, even states without legalized marijuana. So, that title is misleading.

  32. I realize this isn’t the answer they’re asking for… but why not operate in another state that doesn’t have this issue and if bet has better tax structure?

  33. “You wanna get well?”

  34. Gangs don't want competition.

  35. what do you expect, you live in the communist state of comiforinia

  36. CBD causes liver damage.

  37. Makes me want to watch the Remy video "I love LA"

  38. Humulus Lupulus (Hops) which is used in beer making has CBD in it, just say it's from that or actually extract it from that.

  39. Yet I bet California loves homeopathy which doesn't do shit

  40. It's legal in Georgia and my little brother is bi polar and was recommended it by his doctor but my mom is stupid and freaked out and said no.

  41. This is such an abuse of the law, it's non psychotropic meaning it doesn't get you high but it does relieve pain and anxiety that the big pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know because they would rather have you strung out like a lab rat on drugs like fentanyl oxycodone and other mind distorting drugs that eventually will get you hooked, and then they will cut you off.
    why are they making such a big deal out of an oil that doesn't get you high but relieves pain but on the other hand you can smoke the flower which does get you high and they can manipulate
    I think I just exposed the reason

  42. Not in Michigan. Go Midwest young man.

  43. Don't drug your fucking dog, dummies. And this dude looks like a fucking weirdo. What is that shirt? Are you a medieval earl? I seriously struggle to give a fuck about this nonsense. Yeah, I guess, fine. I support him. But I do not like him.

  44. CBD is magic,I have a spinal injury I have to live with the rest of my life. I used to eat so much ibuprofen it was dangerous,to no avail,I was always in pain. Then I found CBD oil, I get 500mg bottle and take a dropper load a day, within 15 minutes of ingestion I feel zero pain and since it has no psychoactive affects I can work while using it. My life quality is 100% better for it. It being illegal is criminal on the part of government. Where I live in Hawaii,it's totally legal and thank God for that.

  45. It's all about the Benjamine's

  46. I wonder if Big Pharma are the puppeteers keeping the medicinal part out of the public's hands? Plants should not be legal or illegal. If legal, the government gets money from licensing and fees. If illegal, the government gets money from fines and imprisonment. Either way, the government just likes money. The government should have no business in regulating plants. There are already laws on the books that make harming someone else or their property, illegal, and a system for harmed people to get restoration. The only time that 'why' harming someone else or their property should matter to a court is for mercy's sake when some damage happened for some greater reason, such as property damage to save lives. Then, the charges should be dropped, in my opinion.

  47. He wants rationailty from Big Government? Bet he votes for Big Government.

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