CBD Bill in New York Awaits Governor’s Signature
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CBD Bill in New York Awaits Governor’s Signature

Legislation awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature would establish testing and labeling regulations for CBD products, as well as guidelines for farmers.

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November 4, 2019

A bill that would regulate CBD in New York remains in limbo as it awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

The state legislature approved the legislation earlier this year, and Jen Metzger (D-Hudson Valley), the Senate sponsor of the bill, told WBFO that she is hopeful Cuomo will sign it, although he has yet to act on it.

“There is zero regulation of these products,” Metzger told the news outlet.

The bill would remedy that by requiring testing on CBD products sold in the state, WBFO reported. The legislation also establishes labeling requirements and guidelines for farmers to grow CBD-rich plants and share in the profits of CBD products, according to the news outlet.

The governor’s office is still reviewing the bill, WBFO reported.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim rules for the hemp industry last week, and the rules are open for public comment until Dec. 30.

Cuomo is spearheading an effort to coordinate a unified cannabis policy reform plan and hosted a Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit Oct. 17 that aimed to create a coordinated approach to adult-use legalization and the vape crisis.

Metzer told WBFO that the CBD bill should not be held up while waiting for the broader multi-state effort to wrap up, however.

“There’s no need to wait for a broader cannabis bill,” she said.