Texas backs off CBD ban, but keeps option open

Texas health officials are backing off their plan to ban CBD products – for now.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is pausing its proposal to ban over-the-counter CBD food products and supplements, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The agency now says it will delay implementing the CBD ban until it consults with law enforcement about the legality of cannabidiol.

“We’re trying to figure out our big picture,” Lara Anton, a spokeswoman for the health agency, told the newspaper. “We are getting more information to try to decide on a more overarching policy.”

She gave no time frame for a delayed decision on the proposal, which targeted products containing any more than “trace amounts” of CBD or THC.

“Food products, including hempseeds and hempseed oil, containing these compounds would be considered adulterated,” the agency said in its proposed enforcement protocol.

The health officials received roughly 1,000 comments about the proposed CBD ban, most of them in opposition, Anton said.

Texas already allows CBD sales to some people with severe epilepsy, but the state’s law is highly restrictive. Texas has just three CBD dispensaries for its 28 million residents.