Questions linger over regulation of CBD products, even as new stores open
One day after President Trump approved the Farm Bill, legalizing industrial hemp in the process, there are still questions surrounding CBD and hemp products in Iowa.
One corridor businesswoman opened up her third CBD hemp oil shop, this one in Iowa City, even amid that grey area.
Several dispensaries have budded up since the passage of Iowa's Medical Cannabidiol Act last year, but so too have unregulated establishments that may be toeing the line of legality.
Rebecca Ramker, who owns Your CBD Store in Davenport, Moline, and now Iowa City, says she’s in the business of helping people.
"They're starting to come back their second and third month to get their bottles again and they're thanking me and hugging me and crying," she says.
Last year the state of Iowa adopted the Medical Cannabidiol Act, allowing people with certain medical conditions to purchase CBD products with no more than 3% THC – the active ingredient in marijuana that produces a high.
"We have from oils to water soluables, pain cream, lotions, lip balms," Ramker goes through her inventory, all of it in three shops that are not the state licensed facilities.
She sells CBD products made from hemp, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as any part of the cannabis plant containing less than .3% THC.
According a position statement by the Iowa Department of Public Health:
"...CBD products other than those manufactured under the Department's regulatory program are not legal..."
The statement goes on to say, "Consumers...should be aware that these products have not been approved for use under either a federal or state of Iowa regulatory program."
Becky says she's not worried about legal trouble, especially now that the Farm Bill gives these hemp-based products more room to grow.
"There's always a concern, you know. People are getting to know more about it,” she says of hemp-based products she sells. “There's still a lot of area that's in question."