Industry groups are pushing back, arguing that the products aren’t dangerous, that the policy would be impossible to enforce and that elected officials, not state agencies, should make the rules.
In a statement, the Texas Cannabis Industry Association described the policy as “a blow to the liberty of thousands of Texans who choose hemp-CBD as a general wellness product and rely on it for the natural treatment of serious medical conditions.”
The agency has rarely cracked down on the products, which are sold at wellness clinics, chiropractic clinics and even smoothie shops. It has detained CBD products between three and five times, Anton said.
Patrick Moran, a McKinney resident and one of the founders of the Texas Cannabis Industry Association, said the state would be going from “zero to 100” if it clears the shelves. “They have no previous standing whatsoever,” he said. “This is not a clarification. This is the first shot fired.”
Moran also said the rule would be unenforceable, because it would require state inspectors to confiscate products from hundreds of retailers.
Connor Oakley, legislative director the Medical Cannabis Association of Texas, said the organization supports independent, third-party testing of the products as a safety measure.
More than 4,000 people have signed a petition opposing the proposed policy. The state cannabis industry group has collected more than 100 letters from Texans who have used the cannabis oil to help them cope with cancer, chronic pain and other medical conditions, Moran said.