Hawaii reiterates that CBD still illegal for most people

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Department of Health issued a statement Wednesday reiterating that cannabidiol has never been permitted for sale in any form in the state except for people who have medical marijuana cards and can get it at licensed dispensaries.

The department said that cannabis-derived products including products containing CBD sold without a prescription have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are not considered safe for use, West Hawaii Today reported on Thursday.

FDA rules render interstate sale and distribution of cannabis-derived products illegal. The FDA is actively working on their policies and guidance to states on regulatory actions for these products, and warning letters have been sent to companies that have targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising, the state Department of Health said.

Following the FDA, the Hawaii Department of Health is notifying businesses in Hawaii of the illegal status of these products and providing a warning that regulatory actions and penalties may follow for those who knowingly manufacture, distribute or sell such products in the state, the release said.

“The Department of Health intends to regulate all cannabis-derived products in a manner consistent with the approach of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” said Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson.

He added: “The FDA and all states are struggling with developing regulatory requirements for this fast-emerging industry. As we work on our procedures and await national guidance, the department will monitor and investigate reports of any adverse health effects related to CBD products in Hawaii and pull products as necessary.”

CBD will still be available for people with medical marijuana cards through licensed dispensaries across the state.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

7 Comments
  1. LMat May 3, 2019 12:57 pm Reply

    Misleading.
    All CBD is cannabis derived.
    Hemp as well as medical marijuana are different strains of the cannabis sativa plant.
    Medical marijuana-derived CBD will contain THC: illegal, or requires a medical card.
    Hemp-derived CBD does not contain THC: legal to buy and sell.


  2. ruthann jones May 4, 2019 8:56 am Reply

    CBD is NOT a mind altering drug!!!! Sold over the counter in health food stores in many states. Big pharma has appropriated it as well.


  3. Anon Ymouse May 4, 2019 2:21 pm Reply

    The FDA warning letters are going to those who “targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising.” They’re concerned in particular about false medical claims.

    They’re not pursuing the hemp-derived CBD products — which is most of them — as long as they’re not making the misleading medical claims.

    Not sure what exactly the DOH is up to, but it doesn’t sound like they’re actually “following the FDA” as they claim.
    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis-derived-products-questions-and-answers


  4. Anon Ymouse May 4, 2019 2:21 pm Reply

    The FDA warning letters are going to those who “targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising.” They’re concerned in particular about false medical claims.

    They’re not pursuing the hemp-derived CBD products — which is most of them — as long as they’re not making the misleading medical claims.

    Not sure what exactly the DOH is up to, but it doesn’t sound like they’re actually “following the FDA” as they claim.

    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis-derived-products-questions-and-answers


  5. Anon Ymouse May 4, 2019 2:22 pm Reply

    The FDA warning letters are going to those who “targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising.” They’re concerned in particular about false medical claims.

    They’re not pursuing the hemp-derived CBD products — which is most of them — as long as they’re not making the misleading medical claims.

    Not sure what exactly the DOH is up to, but it doesn’t sound like they’re actually “following the FDA” as they claim. See the FDA website.


  6. truth be known May 7, 2019 6:46 am Reply

    Anon Ymouse, for once you and I are in agreement about something. There’s only two possibilities of what the DOH is up to as I see it. One is that they are waiting until their cronies have gotten all the dispensaries in place in order to control the sale of hemp and marijuana related products and make lots of $$$$, or, they have all taken the “blue pill” (The Matrix) and actually believe that they are doing the right thing in preventing the public from being exposed to “The Evil Weed”. My bet’s on the money. It’s almost always about the money.


  7. joe biggie June 11, 2019 9:11 am Reply

    Not all CBD is derived from hemp or marijuana…..
    I make mine from hops which is 100% legal..


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