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FDA Warns CBD Medical Marijuana Producers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters to four manufacturers of products containing marijuana component cannabidiol (CBD).

The companies are, in the FDA’s view, “illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes.”

The move, announced Wednesday, comes less than a month after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a Congressional hearing that the agency would soon begin to proactively examine health claims that marijuana providers are making about their products.

FDA To Review Medical Claims About Marijuana

“Substances that contain components of marijuana will be treated like any other products that make unproven claims to shrink cancer tumors,” Gottlieb said in a press release about the new letters. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer and we’re not going to look the other way on enforcing these principles when it comes to marijuana-containing products.”

The companies targeted by FDA are Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, Greenroads Health, Natural Alchemist and That’s Natural! Marketing and Consulting.

“We recognize that there’s interest in developing therapies from marijuana and its components, but the safest way for this to occur is through the drug approval process – not through unsubstantiated claims made on a website,” Gottlieb said. “We support sound, scientifically-based research using components derived from marijuana, and we’ll continue to work with product developers who are interested in bringing safe, effective, and quality products to market.”

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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