Oregon Cracks Down On CBD-Infused Alcoholic Beverages

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Oregon Cracks Down On CBD-Infused Alcoholic Beverages

Oregon is making it clear that CBD and alcohol do not mix in the state.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently made a rules amendment that forbids making or selling products that combine CBD and alcohol. The ban, in effect as of January 1st, is specifically for manufactured products. However, the OLCC is offering a one-month grace period to allow businesses to begin complying.

Separate rules will also soon be made to forbid bars and restaurants from mixing the two. The OLCC will require verification that any non-alcoholic CBD beverage products meet hemp product testing requirements. Licensees must also ensure that the products don’t contain more than 0.3% THC, per federal regulations.

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The FDA recognizes CBD as a drug in the form of Epidiolex. Because of this, food and beverages containing CBD can’t be sold across state lines. However, Oregon allows the sales of these products within the state. The only requirements are that they meet testing standards and contain CBD from a registered hemp grower.

Many bars and restaurants across the country also offer CBD-infused alcoholic beverages. However, the OLCC recommends not mixing CBD and alcohol, deeming it a risky practice.

A high-profile maker of beers with CBD also ceased operations last fall. The company reportedly did not “formula approval” by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The OLCC said that “the TTB will not approve a formula or a label for any alcoholic beverage containing CBD as an ingredient.”