Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s two senators are urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.

The Tuesday appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came three weeks after Congress legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including cannabidiols, known as CBD. Wyden and Merkley were behind a hemp provision that Congress passed and was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

But after President Donald Trump signed the bill in December, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb restated his agency’s stance that CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or health products without his agency’s approval.

The senators asked Gottlieb to ditch what they call outdated regulations.