CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) Recent changes to federal law and the 2019 Iowa Hemp Act have urged government officials to prepare the Iowa Hemp and Cannabidiol Act or CBD products.
Many think CBD products are now legal here in Iowa, but it is not true that Justice Minister Tom Miller says it. The state still classifies products containing CBD as Schedule One Controlled Substances, making them illegal.
There are exceptions, including the FDA approved medication and Iowa's CBD medical program.
This program, run through the Iowa Department of Public Health, is only open to persons with government issued registration cards and through licensed dispensers.
Linn County Sheriff's Office says that calls around CBD products began to increase about two years ago. They come mainly from people who have questions about selling the products.
Sheriff's office staff echo the message from the lawyer and express concern about what is actually in the products.
"The CBD you see in these small stores is not controlled by anyone," said Linn County Sheriff Major Chad Colston. "There has been no testing on it, they are not approved by the FDA and whether you are getting CBD oil or not. I mean there can be water food colored."
CBD products are not regulated by the FDA or the state government. Officials say there is a chance of fraud, what is listed in the ingredients.
The Office's law firm added that there have been reports of pesticides in some of the CBD products.