Some believe the ban is a responsible step that will help the cannabis industry move further away from its decades-long stigma, while others think a restriction on CBN products will slow down the industry. CBN is often promoted by brands for its sedative and pain-relieving properties.
Oregon is the first state to ban the sale of CBN products.
The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission made the decision to adopt regulations that would reflect what they believed to be the intent of House Bill 3000. All statutes related to cannabis and/or industrial hemp can be clarified by defining “adult-use cannabis,” “artificially-derived cannabinoids,” and “total delta-9 THC”
The bigger issue at stake is the creation of artificially-derived cannabinoids made by chemical conversion from another substance. Substances made by decarboxylation are not included. The two most common cannabinoids are CBN and Delta-8-THC.
All CBN products were removed from grocery stores, convenience stores, and any other shops where people under the age of 21 have access to the shelves. There is a one-year grace period for CBN product sales before they are subject to scrutiny.
Many brands in the state are not happy with the interpretation of the law.
Our hope is that the rest of the nation does not follow this approach. There is no evidence to suggest that CBN is problematic. Ben said nothing.
The text of the law is 100 percent pointed at synthetic cannabinoids. The law wasn’t written to ban CBN. Every year millions of pounds of synthetic caffeine are imported to the U.S. A lot of the acid is synthetic. Cannabis is difficult to move through the federal system, and these products all have the benefit of going through the FDA. Our bar for participation is too high.
It is difficult to not view the Commission’s ruling as an overextension of government intervention because CBN isn’t explicitly mentioned or referenced in the bill.
CBN became a leading skew almost immediately after the introduction of the drug. CBN products began ranking #1 or #2 for us depending on the market, as sales were quickly compounding. Consumers are adopting a new product that is right for them. CBN came in and immediately made a difference for consumers who wanted to get rest or relaxation. Consumers speak for themselves, and they are overwhelmingly in favor of this cannabinoid.
Other industry voices feel that the ban could have a positive effect on how cannabis is perceived around the world.
In other states, a ban like this would have a greater effect on the consumer, because it would be the only place where they can get the compounds. Josh Wurzer, president and co-founder of SC Labs, said that he was leery of some of the synthetically-created cannabinoids, because they were doing chemistry on them without any FDA oversight. Some of the industry’s first testing standards and guidelines are now widely adopted across the industry, thanks to the work done by SC Labs.
That scares me a lot. I think it is wise to ban these products. I hope there is a way to expand access to these compounds for everyone, but the market needs a proper regulation to make sure these products are sold correctly. In the short term, this ban might be a good thing because it doesn’t run customers toward cheaply made, potentially unsafe products with no oversight.
The sale of CBN products without thorough oversight is a step back for the credibility of cannabis, which operators have worked so hard to build up.
Others think the ban is a regression that will cause confusion and anxiety for the general public.
CBN appeal to the canna-curious demographic and have an amazing ability to draw new customers to the legal cannabis market. Although this ban allows for a one-year grace period for dispensaries to continue selling CBN while removing it from grocery store and gas station shelves, the overall message the public could re-perpetuate is that cannabis products are safe.
If top manufacturers leave the state, cannabis customers would lose access to high-quality products, which would be incredibly unfortunate.
It will be interesting to see how the law pans out, and what effect it will have on the industry in the long run.