February 18, 2022
Victory in MI and New Bills in 5 States!
Check out the lastest legislative updates across the states and take action today!
As we shared last week, the Roundtable is advocating for several important bills in Michigan. Thanks to your quick action and support, the bills overwhelming passed the state House and are on their way to the Senate. Collectively, the bills—HB 5058, HB 5060, HB 5061, and HB 5617—provide explicit protection for hemp products, including topicals and consumable food and dietary supplements, and create a more favorable legal landscape for hemp and hemp products. We encourage Michigan Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge state senators to support the bills.
Promoting justice in the hemp industry is a key mission for the Roundtable. That is why we’re ecstatic to see Illinois lawmakers prioritizing farming equity. HB 5201 creates a commission to study equity and the participation of socially disadvantaged farmers in all forms of agriculture, including hemp. We strongly support the bill and encourage Illinois Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge Illinois lawmakers to make it law.
In Kansas, HB 2706 eliminates the current prohibition against selling some smokable products and consumable products that contain any hemp ingredient that is otherwise prohibited under Kansas’s food, drug, and cosmetic act. The bill will ensure that Kansans have broader access to hemp products and create more market opportunities for hemp. We encourage Kansas Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge lawmakers to support HB 2706.
Despite recent victories and progress in many states, some states have us concerned. In Utah, HB 385 makes it illegal to add CBD to a conventional food or beverage, transport noncompliant material out of state (for any purpose), or sell smokable flower. The restriction against CBD food and beverage products, in particular, would deny Utahans access to safe and popular hemp products. We encourage Utah Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge lawmakers to oppose HB 385.
In Missouri, HB 2704 would limit cannabinoid oil products to persons 21 or older. The restriction applies to any product containing an extract from cannabis that is composed of 0.5% cannabinoid by weight. Even though the bill refers to “cannabis” extracts, there is no clear exception for traditional hemp extracts or non-intoxicating products. We encourage Missouri Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge lawmakers to oppose the 21-and-older age restriction in HB 2704 as it applies to non-intoxicating hemp products.
Finally, in Washington, SB 5940 prohibits distilleries, breweries, wineries and similar companies from mixing or infusing THC, CBD, or any other cannabinoid in alcoholic products. The prohibition is regressive, stifles product diversification and creativity, and ignores the fact that alcoholic products are already age-restricted. The bill passed the state Senate and seems to be on a fast track. We encourage Washington Hemp Supporters to use our State Action Center to urge state House members to oppose SB 5940.
Visit our state and federal action centers to advocate for critical hemp and CBD bill across the country!