Cannabis Products: A discussion of the challenges in production, sale, and marketing

START DATE: ON DEMAND THROUGH AUGUST 8, 2020

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill has fueled competitive innovation of cannabis products derived from hemp amongst food and beverage manufacturers. Hear about FDA’s policy interests in this issue, an overview of FDA’s role in regulating these products, FDA’s activities in this area, and the challenges around these products. Also hear from a Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs from the state of Colorado who will provide information on this emerging industry.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The FDA’s role in the oversight of these products, and the limitations on selling these products in interstate commerce
  • FDA’s activities in the area of cannabis  
  • The different regulations from state to state
  • How to identify and address food safety concerns of CBD, hemp-derived concentrates, and CBD-infused products


Speakers

Sharon Mayl

Senior Advisor for Policy
US Food & Drug Administration


Sharon Mayl serves as the Senior Advisor for Policy to the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. In this position, she oversees and manages significant policy initiatives related to food safety. She currently focuses on implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Ms. Mayl co-leads the team responsible for the FSMA import rules and guidance documents, including those related to the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Voluntary Qualified Import Program, and Accredited Third-Party Certification Program as well as the team responsible for operationalizing these programs, including the oversight of the development and implementation of regulator training, compliance strategies, inspections and work planning, and outreach and education. Ms. Mayl is also the lead for the foods program on issues related to cannabis and co-chairs the internal FDA working group on this issue. Ms. Mayl is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the agency, she worked first in private practice and then for a public interest advocacy group on foods issues.

Thuy Vu

Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs
Hammer Enterprises LLC


Thuy Vu is the Founder and CEO of Thuy Vu Consulting, a consulting firm committed to training and educating industry and government agencies on food safety, life safety, and occupational health hazards of marijuana and industrial hemp consumer product manufacturing, in efforts to promote public health and public safety. Thuy also serves as the Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs for Hammer Enterprises Integrated Systems, one of the largest vertically-integrated industrial hemp companies in Colorado and is the only cannabis company to be awarded the Colorado Department of Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program Achievement Award. Hammer Enterprises is a custom white label manufacturer offering full-spectrum hemp oil, CBD isolate, concentrates, vapes, tinctures, soft gels, topicals, and gummies.

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