Michigan will regulate CBD as it does marijuana

Michigan regulators say products made from CBD will now be covered under medical marijuana laws.

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Thursday issued a notice about the regulation of CBD because of “confusion over its legality, the Detroit Metro Times reported.

CBD is derived from marijuana or hemp plants, but it doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects commonly associated with smoking MJ.

CBD products can be sold only to patients who possess a Michigan medical marijuana card.

“We were getting a lot of questions regarding CBDs and what licensees can and can’t do, and do you have to be licensed to sell it or not,” a spokesman for Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation told the Metro Times.

The agency, referencing the Industrial Hemp Research Act, also noted that industrial hemp – which can be used to produce CBD – is limited “to cultivation or research and does not authorize its sale or transfer.”

Michigan voters approved medical marijuana for certain conditions in 2008, but the program is transitioning to a more tightly regulated system under a 2016 state law.

Facing a June 15 deadline to enact the program’s new rules, regulators are sifting through hundreds of applications to grow, sell or transport marijuana.