Labeling Hemp Products

Most states have passed requirements for labeling hemp derived products

By Ashley Simpson, Attorney at Hoban Law Group

If you manufacture, distribute, or sell hemp products in the U.S., you must ensure your products comply with all applicable federal and state labeling regulations. These requirements are mandated by various laws and regulations and can be challenging to navigate. These include federal labeling regulations enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state regulations enforced by applicable state regulatory agencies (like the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), organic labeling regulations enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and more.

While complying with a large volume of regulations can be overwhelming for any business, historically, hemp businesses have especially been challenged with regulatory uncertainty and a general lack of affirmative guidance provided by the FDA.

To help sort through these various federal and state requirements, Hoban Law Group provided five essential tips for labeling hemp products. As you might suspect, these tips are not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather provide a helpful starting point to ensure your labels are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.

  1. Ensure Label Complies with Federal Labeling Regulations
  2. Ensure No “Drug” Claims are Present in the Labeling
  3. If Applicable, Ensure the Label Complies with State-Specific Labeling Requirements
  4. Ensure the Validity and Compliance of All Other Product Claims
  5. If Applicable, Obtain State Retail Registration, Permit or License

Read more of this article from Hoban Law Group, including further details on labeling tips.

Hoban Law Group is a full-service commercial cannabis industry law firm, serving both the regulated high-THC industry and the industrial hemp industry, recognized across the country and around the world they provide solutions to highly complex and routine issues faced by cannabusinesses and supply chain operations. The HIA has worked with Hoban Law Group in our efforts to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration in federal court to defend the hemp industry in the United States. Learn more about the HIA’s legacy of fighting for hemp by visiting our Hemp vs. DEA page.

 

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