Consistent with previous comments sent on July 5th and August 2nd, the USHR continues to advocate for a regulatory framework that distinguishes non-impairing, non-intoxicating hemp products from intoxicating, impairing products sold under the guise of hemp, and more importantly protects consumers by assuring access to quality, regulated products.
Although we are encouraged by some of the suggestions and recommendations in the report and appreciate the Task Force’s acknowledgement of industry’s concerns, we have identified areas of improvement that we believe will help achieve an appropriate balance between consumer safety and access, including —
- Assessing a product’s legality using its Total THC concentration
- Coordinating cannabis regulation and enforcement
- Requiring a permit to sell certain hemp products
- Establishing civil, not criminal penalties
- Removing child-resistant packaging requirements and 21+ age restrictions from non-intoxicating products
- Asking the legislature for the development of a new, adult-only, enhanced regulatory lane for intoxicating hemp derivatives