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FDA withdraws pending CBD enforcement proposal
Just a day after Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the U.S., the FDA withdrew their proposal to regulate over-the-counter CBD products, Hemp Industry Daily reported. Although details of the actual proposal were never made public, what was proposed by the FDA last July is no more. The main reason seems to be the changing of administrations in the White House. Although some may see this as a setback — U.S. drug regulators, the FDA, and President Biden all want to see proper safety guidelines agreed upon in the future, an FDA spokeswoman told Hemp Industry Daily.
Hawaii’s Potential Plan for Recreational Legalization
Despite a long battle to legalize recreational cannabis, Hawaii is seeing increased support from some of the state’s most prominent leaders in the House of Representatives, including democrat Jeanne Kapela. The state, which is experiencing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, hopes to generate more than $150 million from adult-use legalization. If passed, the bill would allow people to have up to 1 ounce of cannabis. It would also create tax regulations, and a legal avenue for cultivators to grow and sell their cannabis, KITV Island News reported.
If you are wondering if you read this correctly, the answer is yes. Weed Milk. Because some people are not too keen on the consumption of dairy, actual flower milk has emerged as yet another vegan friendly alternative. Rawligion, a London-based health and food cafe, is changing the game. All it takes is a mixture of hemp seeds, cashews and CBD oil, MIC reported. The company created the drinks to promote sleep, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety.
Why are Gummies the Most Popular Weed Edible?
The cannabis industry is constantly growing and so are the variations of edible cannabis. For years, brownies, cookies and many other tasty treats were at the forefront of the infused market. But now the focus is shifting towards gummies. Gummies are proving popular for many because they are quick snacks that are low in calories and won’t melt, Leafly reported. Although edibles such as brownies and cookies may be overlooked by consumers right now, gummies are not their only competition. Even Skittles will release a (non-cannabis) gummy, according to Chef Matt Kulczycki, edible product manager of California’s Cannacraft. With constant competition and innovation in the cannabis industry, gummies may be on top right now — but it remains to be seen what the most desirable edible will be in the future.
Cannabis Job Outlook in 2021 is “Strong!”
Though the cannabis industry was deemed essential in 2020, many companies struggled to stay afloat. While some businesses experienced increased sales, others laid off employees. But despite this, the industry’s job outlook seems bright, Green Entrepreneur reported. Kelsea Appelbaum, the senior talent manager at the industry platform, Vangst, tells the publication that the “sector in 2021 is “Strong! […] More than ever, companies in cannabis have built out their hiring plans strategically which is great for individuals who are interested in breaking into the industry,” she added. “New legalization legislation paired with cannabis’ overwhelming ‘essential’ designation has been a huge shot in the arm (to be topical!).”