A state law effective from August 1 was created to render a workaround to permit CBD foods to continue to be sold in Maine despite of the federal ban. The new law allows the manufacture and sales of hemp-based CBD products, given the cultivation, manufacturing, sales and consumption occurs within the state.
The law implies that going forward, consumers in Maine will be assured that the CBD shot present in their cortado at their facourite coffee house was extracted from Maine’s homegrown hemp, as was the blueberry-champagne flavoured gummy bear that they recently bought from a store in the market.
According to the new law, it is prohibited to sell food products infused with CBD that are imported from another state. As per the Brightfield Group, a national marijauna consulting firm, customers spent about $591 million on CBD products throughout the country in 2018 believing that it helps in treating ailments like stress, depression, anxiety, pain and insomnia.
Some CBD food makers are finding it relatively difficult to find a local hemp source as the Maine-only needs was not widely touted by the lawmakers when the bill was passed, when most people in the CBD industry were plainly relieved that Maine was no longer prohibiting CBD products completely and taking them off the front shelves.
A medical cannabis caregiver, Damon Holman who specializes in converting his homegrown cannabis at his North Fayette farm into premium grade gummies, candies, and chocolates, switched to sourcing hemp derived cannabis from a local farmer in the western foothills for his new line of CBD-only products.
Holman started making CBD-only products nearly five years ago for his individual patients. He wanted to add CBD products to his product line then because they were so popular, but the availability and the cost were too volatile.
Holamn couldn’t move past small batches until 2018, when he switched to a reliable supplier based out of Colorado. He transitioned from Colorado to a local CBD source for marketing purposes, even before the new law was adopted in Maine. His company, Wind Hill Growers markets its local, organic ingredients in all of its products that showcase cannabis.
CBD is reportedly found to be highly effective in treating a wide variety of ailments such as acute pain, inflammation, swelling, irritation and many more. Holman says that they are out on the front for local sources and organics. He further added that Maine hasn’t experienced a high demand for locally grown hemp until the new law was enforced.
He said it was too early to comment whether or not this law would amp up the cost of CBD foods. The consumer market, especially CBD has been so volatile that wholesalers like himself haven’t been able to predict the costs, and have endured singificant loss of profit if prompted to restock their shelves during the time of scarcity.
The owner of Higher Grounds coffee house and apothecary in Portland, Mark Barnett has been relying on locally sourced CBD in his foods and other CBD based products for years now. He says that the federal rules were quite thin and unclear about CBD and it involved a high risk in buying and shipping outsourced CBD to the state.
For other manufacturers and sellers of CBD in Maine, they simply used to use CBD isolate from outside as it was readily available, was easier to use and costed cheaper than the locally sourced full spectrum CBD oil, added Barnett. Isolate is basically the left over part with only one or two chemical compounds of the hemp remaining, which moslty leaves a pure CBD oil which is easier to melt and process into mass-produced food products. But Maine doesn’t produce much CBD isolate.
While Barnett prefers a full spectrum oil, that keeps the chemical properties of the plant intact, he presumes that the new law will spike up the prices for full spectrum CBD oils and isolate. This might continue for some time, until the Maine cultivation and extraction industry has grown enough to produce all the CBD that is required to supply the Maine customers.