Advocates applaud proposed bill legalizing hemp-derived CBD

A top Massachusetts lawmaker has proposed legalizing hemp-derived CBD products, after state officials issued guidance outlawing the products and caused widespread confusion within the hemp industry.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a derivative of both hemp and cannabis that some claim has health benefits, but no accompanying high.

But earlier this month, regulators with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources released guidance restricting the sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Marijuana-derived CBD falls under the auspices of the state's Cannabis Control Commission.

New legislation, proposed by State Rep. Mark Cusack, would undo that guidance, redefining CBD as an agricultural commodity, and saying the products are “not considered controlled substances or adulterants.” Cusack, a Braintree Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature's Revenue Committee, previously co-chaired the committee focused on marijuana policy.

Cusack's CBD bill also says sales of hemp products may occur when hemp used in the products is grown and cultivated legally in state or out of state, and would make it legal to transport hemp from across state lines. Cusack was not immediately available for comment.

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