Other Issues

Other Issues

Hemp and CBD

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 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.


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. Additionally, CDA supports efforts to revise the federal regulations impacting Hours of Service for local delivery drivers.

Click here to view CDA's comments to the DOT on the short-haul Hours of Service limit.

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.