Florida urges people to stay away from Oregon hemp products

Floridians Urged to Stay Away From Oregon-based Hemp Products

After reportedly receiving many complaints about Oregon hemp products, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (“FDACS”) is suggesting that people avoid those products completely and buy locally-sourced hemp instead.

Consumer complaints to the department about Oregon products include 1) shipments with rocks, sticks and other foreign material, 2) fraudulent certificates of analyses and (3) material that exceeds THC limits. “The department routinely finds violative products and conducts investigations based on consumer complaints,” a release states.

The state of Oregon has made no official comment on the situation. On Aug. 19, the Oregon liquor commission approved new rules allowing it to work with the Department of Agriculture to begin testing of every hemp crop in the state for THC levels and foreign material.

“The department will continue to work with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to contact firms in Oregon, notify consumers, and request remedial actions be taken.”

Florida Department of Agriculture press release

The Florida release adds it’s easy to buy locally since there are more than 700 licensed hemp cultivators and more than 8,000 businesses that extract, process, distribute, store or sell hemp extract.

The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried — a medical cannabis cardholder — is running for governor, and she has made cannabis policy a priority in her platform.

Floridians should look for the Fresh From Florida logo, which means the product has been subject to Florida’s comprehensive seed to sale inspections, the release warns.

“The department will continue to work with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Agriculture,” Fried’s office write, “to contact firms in Oregon, notify consumers, and request remedial actions be taken.”

This piece was originally published by Marijuana Moment and has been edited or modified by The News Station.

Leland Rucker is a journalist who has been covering the cannabis industry culture since Amendment 64 legalized adult-use in Colorado, for Boulder Weekly, Sensi and now TheNewsStation.com. His full bio is here.

Leland Rucker is a journalist who has been covering the cannabis industry culture since Amendment 64 legalized adult-use in Colorado, for Boulder Weekly, Sensi and now TheNewsStation.com. His full bio is here.

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