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Healthy INSIDER Podcast 28: Regulatory Discussion of CBD With Hoban Law Group

In this Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Josh Long, INSIDER’s legal and regulatory editor, and cannabis attorney Garrett Graff discuss the regulatory state of the burgeoning CBD market and the industry’s rationale for disagreeing with FDA’s position that the hemp-derived cannabinoid cannot be sold in dietary supplements.

Josh Long

December 16, 2016

Despite regulatory hurdles, the CBD industry has continued to grow and gain increasing national attention, fueled largely by stories of the cannabinoid’s potential to treat medical conditions, such as rare forms of epilepsy.

While dietary supplements cannot legally treat a disease, producers and marketers of hemp-derived CBD products have nonetheless sought to capitalize on the burgeoning demand for CBD while toeing the line with federal regulators.

In this Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Josh Long, INSIDER’s legal and regulatory editor, and cannabis attorney Garrett Graff discuss:


·         The industry’s rationale for disagreeing with FDA’s position that hemp-derived CBD cannot be sold in dietary supplements;


·         Measures taken by responsible companies to ameliorate their risks to enforcement actions; and


·         Future developments that could provide more certainty for the industry in protecting companies’ investments.

For related coverage on enforcement action taken by FDA against marketers of CBD, check out this blog.


About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a special focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year ‘Jake the Snake’ Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

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