New Zealand: Reefton hemp growers ordered to stop selling two products due to cannabidiol

Reefton hemp growers have been ordered to stop selling two products found to contain cannabidiol. Reports Expect a lot more of this as regulators, producers and politicians learn how to create work arounds post the unsuccesful referendum on cannabis legalisation in the country

Reefton hemp farmers Sarah Gibson and Aaron Silcock, trading as Larry’s Gold, were threatened with a $100,000 fine and loss of licence by Medsafe.

Gibson said it was “bureaucracy gone mad”.

A Medsafe spokesman said the two products – EPIK Daily Drops and EPIK Hemp Balm – were considered to be medicines as they contained CBD, which was a scheduled ingredient and prescription medicine.

“Therapeutic claims about the products were being made. When a product is intended for therapeutic purposes, it falls within the scope of the Medicines Act 1981,” he said.

It was an offence under the act to sell, supply or advertise a medicine that had not been approved for supply by Medsafe.

“Medsafe has engaged with the company supplying these products and provided regulatory guidance.”

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