Other Issues

Other Issues


Regulation of Products Containing Cannabadiol (CBD) Derived from Hemp

BACKGROUND: Hemp-derived ingredients are found in products including food, beverages, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

The 2018 Farm Bill excluded hemp containing less than 0.3% THC from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. This alleviates many of the DEA-related concerns regarding hemp-derived ingredients, but does not provide much-needed clarity around the legality and regulation of products containing CBD. The federal prohibition on the sale of food or beverages containing CBD remains in effect, and state regulatory schemes vary widely.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn has made no public statements on CBD regulation since his confirmation on December 9, 2019. In 2019 the agency created a CBD Task Force, but there has been no status report of the work of the task force or other information about their activity.

CDA has been very active on issues related to hemp-derived CBD, leading an association sign on letter with the Grocery Manufacturers and the Retail Industry Leaders Association to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging inclusion of funding for CBD regulation and research in the FY20 Appropriations process. The language was ultimately included in the bill.

CDA is working with like-minded associations and companies to support common sense legislation that will lead to a clear regulatory path for CBD containing products.


Transportation

CDA members support legislative efforts to streamline the CDL process to allow younger drivers to onboard to a full CDL license in a safe manner.

BACKGROUND: A nationwide driver shortage has led to legislative efforts to alleviate the shortage of commercial drivers by providing younger drivers with the opportunity to enter the industry. The DRIVE Safe Act, H.R. 1374 in the House and S. 569 in the Senate.

Seventy percent of the nation’s freight is carried by commercial trucks, yet as our economy strengthens, motor carriers are having difficulty finding the drivers they need to handle growing capacity. According to a recent estimate, the nation needs an additional 50,000 truck drivers immediately, a shortage that is expected to grow to more than 174,000 by 2026. In many supply chains, companies are being forced to increase priced to account for higher transportation costs. This will ultimately result in higher prices for consumers for everything from electronics to food.

The DRIVE-Safe Act will help our nation’s freight continue to move while preserving the safety of our highway system. It will help fill desperately needed jobs and provide younger Americans with the opportunity to enter a profession where they can earn an average of $53,000, with full benefits.

CDA is an active member of the DRIVE-Safe Coalition, a group of more than 60 organizations working to pass the legislation, either as a stand-alone bill or as part of a larger infrastructure or transportation package.

STATUS: CDA is actively pursuing additional cosponsors of H.R. 1374 and S. 569.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a food assistance program giving millions of low-income Americans access to food across all retail channels, including small format stores, including convenience stores. Convenience stores provide critical access to food for many SNAP beneficiaries who may live in “food deserts” with limited access to larger food retailers.

Reforms to the SNAP program have been proposed over the last several Congresses, with some legislators interested in limiting the types of food and the types of retailers who can accept SNAP benefits. SNAP is authorized through the Farm Bill, the legislative package considered every five years to fund hunger, nutrition and farm programs.