Retailers in Idaho have a little more than a month to sell CBD-derived pet food.
The state department of agriculture issued a memorandum back in July to note that “hemp or hemp-derived products, including CBD, are not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as legal feed ingredients.”
It turns out the CBD craze also includes doggy treats.
The announcement in July underscored how state regulators throughout the country have had to play catch up to an ever-evolving CBD market that was made possible following Congress’ passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the production of hemp.
Soon after, states lined up to pass their own new hemp laws. That included Idaho, which passed its own law legalizing hemp just last year. The law made Idaho the final state in the country to legalize industrial hemp.
The bill signed into law last year by Idaho Gov. Brad Little legalized “the production and transportation of hemp with up to 0.3% of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high,” the Associated Press reported at the time.
But as the state department of agriculture noted in its July memorandum, “the new law did not legalize hemp in every setting or product type.”
“Similarly, Idaho law does not recognize hemp as a feed or remedy ingredient. Safe levels of hemp and hemp-derived products in animal feed have not yet been established under federal…