All fees received pursuant to this subsection must be paid to the Treasurer of State and credited to a separate, nonlapsing account in the department. Money received pursuant to this subsection must be used for the expenses of administering this chapter.
Whereas, the health inspection program within the Maine Centers for Disease Control in the Department of Health and Human Services has sent letters to retail food establishments in the State and regulators from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry have contacted pet stores explaining that any food or food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol must be removed from shelves, even if those food or food products are not introduced into interstate commerce, which has created anxiety and confusion among business owners, stakeholders and consumers alike; and
Part A of this bill provides that food and food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol that are produced and sold within the State are not considered to be “adulterated” under state law, and the production, marketing, sale or distribution of food or food products containing hemp may not be prohibited.
Sec. B-5. 17-A MRSA §1105-C, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 61, §4, is amended to read:
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Hemp licensing in Maine is handled by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Applicants must complete their license application between January 1 and April 1 of the year they wish to grow hemp. Applicants must also submit a $100 application fee with their application. If the application is approved, licensees are also responsible for a $500 licensing fee and an additional fee of $50 per acre. Applicants must provide detailed information regarding the boundaries and dimensions of proposed growing sites.
In addition to the federal regulation of CBD, the Farm Bill also gave states the option to regulate and prohibit the cultivation and commerce of CBD. States may regulate CBD in food, beverages, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products independently, even before the FDA finalizes its policies. Maine has created its own regulations with respect to the use of CBD in food and food products.