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Stakeholders step up fight as California hemp bill goes before key committee August 26, 2021
Stakeholders step up fight as California hemp bill goes before key committee

A California Senate committee is scheduled to meet today to review a controversial bill that would put hemp under the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).

The measure, Assembly Bill 45 (AB45), which adds a number of confusing new rules affecting cultivation, processing and labeling of hemp and CBD, and has already been passed by the California State Assembly, continues to draw blowback from hemp stakeholders because it bans the sale of flowers and smokable products while creating a bureaucratic mess for farmers, manufacturers and retailers.

Opponents have ramped up their efforts to kill the law, suggesting BCC oversight of the state’s hemp program under California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) will open the door to taxes, fees, regulations and criminal penalties, and warned that unclear language in the bill could bring restrictions on all hemp products.

In addition to banning smokable hemp flowers, AB45 would also outlaw CBD vapes and pens, hemp in beer, wine or spirits, and alcohol-based tinctures.

Bought & paid for“AB45 is largely a creation of paid lobbyists and out-of-state CBD corporations developed without consultation from California hemp farmers, retailers, or manufacturers,” according to StopAB45.

com, a website dedicated to halting the measure, and “will disadvantage California based businesses and potentially put hundreds of businesses and thousands of Californians out of work.

”The California Department of Food & Agriculture would join with BCC in oversight of the state’s hemp program under AB45.

Approval of a proposed $2.

5 million in funding from the Senate Committee on Appropriations today would set up AB45 for a final vote in the state legislature.

The committee can either approve the bill, put it on hold or advance it to the next legislative session by making it a “2-year bill.

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