It’s every truck drivers’ and hemp-based CBD manufacturers worst nightmare. Driving along minding their own business, running on caffeine and fast food, and a police cruiser signals to pull over.
No big deal, the industrial hemp in the trailer is now legal to transport across all 50 states. But how does the average police officer know the difference between marijuana and hemp?
Unfortunately for the CBD industry, many don’t. This is the story of Denis Palamarchuck, a man imprisoned for doing his completely legal job.
January of last year went like any other for the Portland-based truck driver. Everything seemed fine until he pulled up to the weigh station.
What the cops did next, you won’t believe…
Jailed For Doing His Job
Exhausted from a full day of driving, Palamarchuck expected to be in and out of the weigh station and on to the hemp manufacturer in Colorado.
Because he was passing through Idaho, this was a serious issue. Even though private label hemp-based CBD manufacturers are operating legally under federal law, Idaho maintains that any cannabis plant containing THC, even less than the federal 0.3% limit, is marijuana.
It doesn’t matter if the THC is negligible and this hemp-based CBD manufacturer’s goal is to make fiber out of it, under Idaho law, it’s as devious as the devil’s lettuce itself.
So what happened to this poor man just trying to do his job and provide for his family? After spending 4 days in an Idaho jail cell, Palamarchuck was charged with transporting an illegal substance across state lines.
And getting him out wasn’t cheap. Bail for the driver ran around $100,000 and incited a lawsuit from his employer against the state of Idaho.
If the hemp in that truck tests out to be under the legal limit, it would make those Idaho officials common thieves. If left too long the hemp can rot, costing everyone involved tens of thousands of dollars.
What’s more infuriating about the situation is a federal judge ruled there is no reason to believe the material in the truck was anything but low-THC hemp but refused to release the truck into the transportation company’s custody.
Idaho is the only western state not allowing any hemp cultivation. You can walk into any Whole Foods or Kroger and pick up a bag of hemp hearts, but you’ll notice on the label none of it is grown in Idaho.
What Are Politicians Doing About It?
Hawaii’s own democratic representative, Tulsi Gabbard, introduced the Hemp for Victory Act.
After World War II, there was revitalized interest in all things hemp. The Hemp for Victory Act hopes to recapture some of that excitement.
It will force the USDA to clarify current ambiguous regulations, like trucking thousands of pounds of hemp through Idaho.
The act promotes research into all potential applications of hemp, not just hemp-based CBD manufacturers...
Facebook’s Beef With CBD
Advertising a hemp-based CBD manufacturers products on Facebook is like a choreographed dance with Facebook playing the hard to get ingenue.
After the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp federally legal, one would hope Facebook would include rules about advertising CBD in the policies.
But for many CBD retailers, the reality was getting blocked or banned from the platform with no explanation.
Wellness guru Jen Rudis was one of the first entrepreneurs to feel the wrath of Facebook’s unexplained vendetta against CBD.
When she posted a picture of a CBD product on her shelf without a single mention of efficacy or health benefits, her entire business account was deleted overnight.
Like many annoyed CBD retailers, she found no mention of CBD in Facebook’s advertising policies.
But are things changing for the social media giant? Like major retailers, CVS and Walgreens, Facebook now allows for topical CBD product ads.
Back Alley CBD
Retailers can even direct customers to landing pages promoting a wider variety of CBD products, but the ad itself has to tiptoe around this.
The ad itself can’t mention any kind of ingestible form of CBD, but it can act as a siren’s call, attracting interested customers to leave Facebook’s tyrannical platform.
If hemp is federally legal, why do consumers still have to go into a proverbial back alley when it comes to buying CBD online?
Amazon is another tech giant who likes to play discreet when it comes to CBD. If you go to the site right now and search for CBD, to say there’s no shortage of results is an understatement.
Page after page of hemp-infused products line Amazon’s virtual shelves. Some are even shaped like cannabis leaves, alluding to their original source.
What’s even more curious about the whole song and dance around CBD over at Amazon is a recent investigation by none other than the Amazon-owned Washington Post.
The news source bought 13 of these hemp products off Amazon. What they found, makes no sense…
12 of the 13 private label CBD manufacturers’ products contained CBD, even though their packaging doesn’t mention it. Tech giants are trying to reap the rewards of the CBD boom without the legal repercussions.
Spring Creek Labs Doesn’t Have These Issues
The 2018 Farm Bill was a huge win for the hemp and CBD industries. But while they won the battle, the war on hemp is far from over.
Everyone wants a slice of the pie without getting any crumbs on them. Is there something to be learned from the way industry giants skirt around the fact they sell CBD in one form or another?
The FDA’s warning letters to some of the best-selling CBD brands came as a shock to many.
Would this mean more restrictions to come? The FDA is clear on one thing when it comes to CBD–they’ve only approved one CBD pill as safe for patients in certain circumstances.
Epidiolex’s status as a pharmaceutical is troublesome for the CBD industry. If CBD is an FDA approved drug, this means it can’t be added to food or drink. Or sold at all by unlicensed retailers.
But that’s simply not the reality of it. Everything from lattes to lasagna can be infused with CBD these days.
Because the FDA has such limited resources, there are some key takeaways to staying on the agency’s good side.
Stay On The FDA’s Good Side And Work With Spring Creek Labs
Don’t make health claims. Don’t make curative claims. Never mislead consumers. Americans want CBD, there’s no mistake about that.
Brands don’t have to hype themselves up. Customers looking for CBD are already ready to buy. The key is finding a great private label CBD product manufacturer who plays by all the rules.
Spring Creek Labs is a certified Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) manufacturer of high-quality CBD products.
Why don’t they have to deal with bailing their truck drivers out of jail? Because they own all their own farms and processing plants.
They’re not sending thousands of pounds of raw materials to another state to be processed.
Think about how many hands that Oregon-based company’s raw materials must have passed through.
The farmers they contracted out instead of hiring themselves. The truck driver whose entire life was jeopardized by doing his job. The police with no idea how to properly handle or store hemp.
Skip the uncertainty.
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