Hemp Update on GW Pharma Bill & Hemp Foods Bill

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Newsletter 18 June 2018
Hello Visitor,

Thank you for your time on ongoing attentions regarding some very important actions which have been taking place here in Colorado regarding our Hemp Industry. It is critical we all stay informed and proactive to ensure our Hemp Industry in all states can continue to grow and thrive.

Quick overview of this Newsletter:
  • Hemp Foods Bill Conference Call - 3.31 and 4.1 both at 4:20pm (PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAD ISSUEs WITH THE CALL IN NUMBER THIS WEEK, A NEW CALL TIME WILL BE SET THIS WEEKEND. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE)
  • Hemp Foods Bill goes before Committee on 4.2.18 at 1:30pm
  • Update on the GW Pharma Bill (1187)
See more info below and please join us for one or both of these call, this week, regarding the Hemp Foods Bill.

The Hemp Foods Bill (hb18-1295)

The Hemp Foods bill, here in Colorado, is the single most important Industry agenda this legislative session.

Currently there is no legal definition or protection for any of our hemp products intended for human use and consumption.

Many of you know that last year we agree to raise 80K and run a hemp foods bill which never happened. Instead, CDPHE with Bob Hoban and Samantha Walsh, traded in the Hemp Foods Bill agenda for a policy statement.

This policy statement is not law and can be rescinded or changed at anytime by CDPHE with out stakeholder input or consideration.

Before Session started this year, GHC secured sponsors for the Hemp Foods Bill which was recently introduced and will go before House Committee on Monday 4.2.18, starting at 1:30pm.

The Hemp Foods bill is a very simple bill which has a few core objectives:
  1. Create a definition for Hemp Food Products
  2. Insert this new definition into our State Pure Food and Drug Law
  3. Clarify that no hemp foods product will be considered adulterated or mislabeled
  4. Remove the word "cannabis" from the drug section of the Foods and Drug Law
  5. Ensure that CDPHE can not demand special requirements for our Hemp Foods other then what already existing for other food manufactures and wholesalers.
You can read the Bill HERE as well as more info about the Hemp Foods Bill and why we need it.

Bill Summary: Concerning modifications to the "Colorado Food and Drug Act" to allow products containing industrial hemp, and, in connection therewith, establishing that products containing industrial hemp are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp.The bill modifies the 'Colorado Food and Drug Act' to establish that food, cosmetics, drugs, and devices, as those terms are defined in the act, are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill also defines 'industrial hemp' and 'industrial hemp food product' and sets forth the department of public health and environment's powers with regard to applicants and registrants engaged in, or attempting to engage in, the wholesale food selling, manufacturing, processing, or storage of an industrial hemp food product.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
 
The current definition for hemp food products is: "INDUSTRIAL HEMP FOOD PRODUCT MEANS A FINISHED PRODUCT CONTAINING A DELTA-9 TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CONCENTRATION OF NO MORE THAN THREE-TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT THAT IS A COSMETIC, FOOD, FOOD ADDITIVE,OR HERB FOR HUMAN USE OR CONSUMPTION CONTAINING ANY PART OF THE HEMP PLANT, INCLUDING NATURALLY OCCURRING CANNABINOIDS, COMPOUNDS,OR DERIVATIVES FROM INDUSTRIAL HEMP."

Please note that we expect to have a few amendments in this definition which will include resins, concentrates, extracts and isolate.

FREE GHC Conference Call on 3.31 & 4.1 @ 4:20pm both days

Please join us to discuss our Hemp Foods Bill

Committee for the Hemp Foods Bill is on 4.2.18 at 1:30pm

Call in #: 319.527.3073
 
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UPDATE ON GW PHARMA BILL (1187)

pictureGREAT NEWS! The GW Pharma Bill HB18-1187 is dead as of yesterday.
 
Yesterday Grow Hemp Colorado and other members of the Industrial Hemp, Marijuana and Pharmaceutical Industries held a stakeholders meeting regarding HB18-1187 (The GW Pharma bill). Also in attendance were Representatives Buckner, Ginal and Singer. The overall tone was collegial and only one smart-ass comment was made.
 
GW insisted a problem exists in Colorado’s pharmacy laws, specifically regarding their drug (Epidiolex) and its imminent FDA approval. All parties agreed that upon FDA approval, GW should be allowed to sell their drug through pharmacies. Current Colorado Statutes would inhibit Epidiolex from being sold by pharmacies even if granted FDA approval. GW argued they needed to change marijuana laws by specifically carving out language to allow them to sell their drug at pharmacies upon FDA approval.
 
Hemp Industry Stakeholders in attendance argued that such language could have extreme unintended consequences on all Cannabis industries (please not that there was no one there representing HIA-CO, NHA, Hoban Law, Hemp Round Table). Specifically regarding the Colorado Food and Drug Act, which defines Cannabis as an adulterant/poison. All parties agreed that State law should protect the Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Industries. During the meeting, a representative from pharmaceuticals (Katie Wolf) made comments and discussed an idea with Representative Singer. Around 40 minutes into the meeting, that idea came to fruition and bounced off the bill writer, Representatives Buckner and Ginal and then finally, all in attendance. Everyone agreed and a new bill was essentially drafted. HB18-1187 is dead. All previous language will be stricken. There will be no mention of Marijuana, CBD or Industrial Hemp and a new bill title will have to be approved by leadership.
 
The new language although more complex will essentially say that if any drug obtains FDA approval, it can be prescribed by a medical doctor and dispensed by a pharmacy in the State of Colorado. We support this language as well as its needed bill title change. It will provide GW with access to legally sell their product, but will not touch Marijuana or Industrial Hemp laws. The bill language will be provided upon its introduction. The bill will also allow other drugs that may obtain FDA approval in the future to be sold through pharmacies.
 
Colorado took a great step forward and continues to be America’s leader in developing all Cannabis industries. A special thanks goes out to all stakeholders for their attendance and insight during today’s meeting.
 
GHC would like to thank Representative Singer for his knowledge of the process and helping to develop the language for the new bill. He performed his duties as Committee Chair splendidly. Representative Ginal for her dedication and willingness to stand with the industry and say something here is wrong. She was very well prepared and has true grit! Representative Buckner for being so open minded and willing to work with everyone who asked her. She is proving herself a great leader within this State. (written By Dr. Orvis)

Read More about the GW Pharma Bill Here
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