Here’s the introduction.
Congress is cranking up the pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to draft rules to regulate cannabis-based products.
Lawmakers legalized the use of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products late last year in the farm bill, sending the agency scrambling to figure out new rules around regulating a unique product that is both a drug and a dietary supplement.
But Congress is signaling that it is growing impatient as the FDA looks for a solution and may not wait on the sidelines for much longer.
“In Congress, some are itchy [for action],” said Jonathan Miller, general counsel for the industry advocacy group U.S. Hemp Roundtable.
Miller said some lawmakers have been privately circulating potential legislation, but he doesn’t expect any formal push from Congress until at least later this fall.
“If their patience ends [and FDA doesn’t act], there will be an effort for legislation,” Miller said.