Postal Inspector’s Warning Letter to Arizona CBD Maker Shows Farm Bill’s Limits
by Ray Stern Phoenix New Times **
Chris Martin’s Arizona-based CBD business has increased steadily over the past few years without too many hitches, so he was surprised a few days ago to receive an ominous letter from federal criminal investigators.
“I’ve never had a package seized,” he said on Friday, “all of a sudden there’s a criminal investigation.”
He noted that the letter came less than a week after President Donald Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. The collection of agricultural-law updates contains a historic provision that removes hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, allowing it to be grown widely — under various restrictions — in the United States for the first time in decades. But industry experts caution that the effects of the law and how it can be applied, especially to end-use hemp products with CBD, is far from settled.
Martin said he fears the timing of his letter may indicate that the feds are cracking down on one end of the business following the Farm Bill’s passage.
This just happened today January 3, 2019
2019 (after farm bill) this am a retail store carrying our edibles was visited by ATF and FDA and seized them all. Not just his company but several others. The store owner was told the FDA Doesn’t follow Farm Bill. Nor do they have to. The FDA also said that everything needed to be labeled “Not For Human Consumption; If consumed by human no concern” as well as “this product has not been regulated by FDA”
Why do some companies get screwed with over and over? Why don’t others? How can CBD bars and treats be sold in Costco by one company with zero issues and others get slammed?