CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) Recent amendments to the Federal Act and the Iowa Hemp Law of 2019 have led state officials to clarify the Iowa law with respect to hemp and cannabidiol or CBD products.
Many people think that CBD products are now legal in Iowa, but Attorney General Tom Miller says that's not true. The state still classifies products containing CBD as controlled substances according to Schedule One, making them illegal.
There are exceptions, including FDA-approved drugs and the Iowa CBD medical program.
This program, which is conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Health, is open only to individuals with government-issued registration cards and licensed pharmacies.
The sheriff's office in Linn County states that the number of calls for CBD products has increased about two years ago. They come mainly from people who have questions about selling the products.
The sheriff's staff reiterates the Prosecutor General's message and expresses concern about what is actually contained in the products.
"The CBD you see in these little shops is not controlled by anyone," said Chad Colston, sheriff major in Linn County. "No tests have been done, they are not approved by the FDA and whether you get CBD oil or not, I mean, it could be water-based."
CBD products are not regulated by the FDA or the US government. Officials say there is a possibility for fraud, which is listed in the ingredients.
The Prosecutor General's Office added that there were reports of pesticides in some CBD products.