Major CBD Advocate Loses Re-Election Bid

Collin Peterson of Minnesota
  • House Agriculture Chairman of Minnesota Collin Peterson has lost his re-election bid to Republican Michelle Fischbach.
  • Peterson was a major advocate for CBD and sponsored a bill that proposed allowing hemp-derived CBD to be recognized as a dietary supplement.
  • Despite Peterson losing his seat, the CBD industry in Minnesota will continue to grow and gain public acceptance.

Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota who served as the House Agriculture Chairman has lost his re-election bid to Republican challenger Michelle Fischbach.

Peterson was a huge advocate for CBD and was a sponsor for the bill that would require federal food and agriculture regulations to consider hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement.

Peterson represented western Minnesota since 1991, and changes in demographics resulted in a loss of his seat. His loss brings a dark cloud over the possibility of CBD legislation being passed.

The bill that he sponsored was one of the most straightforward attempts to legalize the sale of hemp-derived CBD without a doctor’s prescription in Minnesota; however, it unfortunately never made it to a hearing.

“This bill will allow FDA to regulate CBD that comes from hemp as a dietary supplement, providing a pathway forward for hemp-derived products,” Peterson said back when he introduced the bill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has consistently held their stance that CBD is a drug ingredient that should require a prescription to obtain. However, thanks to lax enforcement and the ability for individual states to govern their own laws surrounding CBD, over-the-counter CBD retailers and manufacturers have been able to not only succeed but grow with the booming industry.

Although the CBD industry in Minnesota will surely face a setback in regard to CBD advocacy with the loss of Collin Peterson, you can expect the industry to continue to see growth similar to the rest of the United States.

Jayden Pire

Jayden Pire | Author

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