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The Texas Department of State Health Services has laid out a new proposal that could see many hemp products being pulled from shelves.
Under the proposal, any hemp product labeled as containing cannabidiol – commonly known as CBD – would be subject to inspection. If found to contain “enhanced levels” of the compound, it would be detained, shipped back to the manufacturer, or destroyed.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp and marijuana products. Though it’s considered a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration, CBD is non-psychoactive, and is used by some people as a supplement for a variety of supposed health benefits.
Lara Anton is a spokesperson with the Texas Department of State Health Services. She says that the proposal just formalizes existing rules.
“It’s not a new rule,” Anton says. “It’s not part of a formal rulemaking process. This is just for us to get feedback from the public on shaping our policy on how we’re going to enforce the currently existing law.”
However, cannabis advocates, like Connor Oakley of the Medical Cannabis Association of Texas, are concerned that the proposal would amount to a ban on hemp-derived CBD oil, which unlike marijuana-derived CBD, is available over-the-counter.
“We think that this is very unnecessary,” Oakley says, “and we also think a decision of this magnitude shouldn’t be made without consulting the legislature.”
The proposal has not