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This bill would require lab testing of CBD products sold in Illinois

A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture.

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14/11/2019

A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture.

 

Now the Democrat representative for Deerfield – Bob Morgan – has introduced legislation to force all CBD goods sold in the state to meet testing requirements developed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

 

“This legislation would give the Department of Agriculture the ability to step in to make sure we are selling products that are safe for people to use,” Morgan told the Chicago Tribune.

 

He tweeted: “We need to make sure all CBD products sold in Illinois are safe. “My CBD Safety Act bill will make sure these products coming in from out of state are not filled with pesticides, heavy metals, or worse.”

 

"We were really unnerved by the lack of consistency and regulation, and the wide variety of manufacturing processes that companies were using," said Coco Meers, co-founder of Chicago-based CBD company Equilibria.

 

Meers said CBD products can contain harmful pesticides or heavy metals and may not have the promised amount of cannabidiol.

"At the end of the day, everything gets called CBD, but all CBD is not created equal," Meers said.

 

Chicago-based LeafyQuick, a retailer of CBD products, only sells products that have been tested, said co-founder Rahul Easwar.

 

"When we tell them, 'Hey, this is third-party tested,' it's more like, 'OK great, but tell me what flavor you have,'" Easwar said. "It's more of an afterthought or it's not a thought at all."

 

The bill would require any untested products to be removed from store shelves and online shops, according to Rep. Bob Morgan, who introduced it in the state legislature Oct. 2.

 

Potential fines start at $1,000 and increase with more violations. The fines would go to a newly created CBD Safety Fund to be used for enforcement.

 

Sales of CBD products in the U.S. are expected to reach $5 billion this year — a more than 700% increase from last year, according to Chicago-based cannabis research firm Brightfield Group. By 2023, the market could grow to $23.7 billion.

 

Information sources:

The Leaf Desk, WILL & Illinois Public Media, Chicago Tribune