AG’s office issues guidance on hemp and CBD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 8, 2019
Contact: Lynn Hicks | Communications Director | 515-281-6699 |



Confusion over laws on hemp and CBD can lead to fraud, AG warns

DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has released guidance to help consumers, businesses and farmers understand state and federal laws on hemp and CBD and avoid misleading and possibly fraudulent claims.

Any product containing cannabidiol is now classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under Iowa law and is illegal. At this time, the only exceptions to this classification are FDA-approved medications and Iowa’s medical CBD program. That program is open only to people with state-issued registration cards and only through licensed dispensaries.

When the Iowa Hemp Act becomes fully effective, CBD products containing no more than 0.3% THC will no longer be controlled substances under Iowa law. However, this does not mean that all such products will become legal. 

For frequently asked questions about hemp and CBD laws, see the Consumer Focus newsletter for July. The office’s official statement on hemp and CBD products is also on the AG's website.