The cannabis industry has been booming in recent years, with the legalization of recreational marijuana and the launch of medical marijuana. However, many consumers are unaware that there is a fine print to this new industry.
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Last week, there were a few of developments on both the state and global levels in relation to the regulation of cannabis as a substance that people consume.
LABELING BECOMES MORE DETAILED
Last week, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board released a policy statement clarifying the laws governing structure and function claims made regarding cannabis-infused products. These are basically assertions regarding a product’s functionality. A container of daily multivitamins, for example, could state something about heart health, or a vitamin C supplement might indicate that it helps the immune system. What can’t be stated is that either product is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.
In fact, when it comes to cannabis, products that make structural or function claims — such as a CBD tincture designed for pain relief — must declare clearly on the label that it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.
This identical wording must appear on any package that contains a structural or function claim: “The State of Washington has not reviewed this statement. This item is not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.”
ARE YOU AWARE OF THE RICHARDSON RULE?
A rising talent in the world of track and field made news in early July, just before the commencement of the Tokyo Olympics, for something that occurred off the track. After testing positive for THC, American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was given a one-month ban. Richardson said she took cannabis after learning of her mother’s death; she is of legal age and was in Oregon at the time, where cannabis is legal.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not consider cannabis to be lawful. As a consequence, Richardson will be unable to compete in the Olympics.
The reaction was enormous. WADA’s regulations have been questioned by even President Biden, who has not come out in favor of cannabis legalization. WADA is now investigating them as well. WADA’s executive committee authorized launching a scientific study of cannabis last week in Istanbul to decide whether it should remain a banned drug.
According to WADA, any possible modifications to cannabis’s classification will not take place before the next Olympic games, which are less than five months away.
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