National Cannabis Industry Association Responds to FDA Statement on Cannabidiol (CBD) Regulation

Washington, DC –

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it has concluded that regulations governing food and supplements would not be appropriate for Cannabidiol (CBD) products and that the agency will work with Congress to develop a new way forward.


Cannabis industry advocates are disappointed with this result after the FDA’s protracted study of the issue since 2019 but are hopeful the decision will put more pressure on Congress to move to sensibly regulate CBD and other cannabis products.

“Today’s announcement by the FDA underscores the urgent need for Congress and the Administration to take swift action to modernize federal cannabis policy and regulate CBD and other products appropriately and in harmony with the vast majority of states that have already legalized cannabis in some form,” stated Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) CEO and Co-founder. “A vibrant state-regulated industry has formed to safely provide cannabinoid products and medicines to millions of Americans, which has the support of the vast majority of U.S. voters. Moving forward with bi-partisan federal cannabis reform this year would be both good public health policy and good politics.”

In 2019, NCIA published the white paper Adapting A Regulatory Framework For The Emerging Cannabis Industry, which outlined recommendations for four “regulatory lanes” for cannabis products, including CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

A November 2022 Gallup survey found that 68% of Americans support making cannabis legal for adults and a recent Pew Research Center poll found that less than 10% of Americans still support marijuana prohibition.

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only one representing small cannabis businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible, sustainable, and inclusive cannabis industry and works for a favorable social, economic, and regulatory environment for that industry throughout the United States.