WASHINGTON, D.C. 08/22/2023 – Last week, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) responded to a Request for Information potential regulatory pathways for CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids from the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House committees on Energy and Commerce as well as Senate Committees on Health, Education, and Labor & Pensions.
WSWA’ statement focused on areas of requested information that adheres to lessons learned from a century of successfully distributing socially sensitive products across the country and included commentary on:
- Addressing consumer confusion and potential health impacts created by a lack of federal standards for product formulation, labeling, and potency;
- Recommendations to make clear delineations between intoxicating and non-intoxicating hemp-derived products, synthetics or compounds;
- Advocating for the Alcohol Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB) to assume oversight of intoxicating hemp products; and
- The creation of a robust federal-state partnership in coordination with state regulators to create a pathway for interstate commerce, while continuing to respect states’ primary authority to regulate within their borders.
“As Congress considers a potential regulatory pathway for intoxicating hemp products, WSWA believes that any legalization effort in Congress related to intoxicating hemp-derived products containing THC should be comprehensive in approach and accompanied by the creation of a federal regulatory structure overseen by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) that licenses producers, testing facilities and distributors, ensures product integrity, establishes appropriate taxes and trade practice requirements and protects public safety. States should also have leeway to tailor additional requirements to suit local needs,” said WSWA CEO and President Francis Creighton.