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Alcohol Industry Advises FDA on CBD Regulation

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has written a letter to the House and Senate committees in response to a request for information regarding the regulation of CBD and other cannabinoids.

The response comes five months after it penned a letter to Congress calling for the federal regulation of cannabis.

According to Marijuana Moment, the letter states that the WSWA believes it is important to insights from the alcohol industry to help inform regulation on cannabis.

The WSWA suggests that:

  • A specific regulatory category should be created for intoxicating cannabinoids.
  • The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) should be responsible for such products.

The letter states: “The transition from Prohibition to legal status for alcohol has been an American success story,” it says. “Since the 21st Amendment’s enactment, a safe, consumer-centric and economically vibrant marketplace has developed, one serving the needs of both regulators and consumers. While individual regulations have evolved, the basic federal regulatory structure of permitting and tax collection continues to endure.

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“As Congress considers a potential regulatory pathway for intoxicating hemp products, America’s wine and spirits wholesalers believe it is important to share what our industry has learned over time and to encourage you and other legislators to pursue robust reform and regulation.”

The call from Congress on feedback on cannabinoid regulations follows an FDA announcement in January 2023 that it would not regulate CBD products. Instead, it would be up to Congress to look at regulating the products.

The U.S Hemp Roundtable also made a recent reply to the call for feedback, responding on topics such as current market dynamics, THC levels, lack of standards, product definitions, public health impact, product standards and more.

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