The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has declared that animal feeds and remedies that contain hemp or are hemp-derived may no longer be sold by Idaho retailers.
A memorandum meant to provide an update on the regulatory status of hemp products was included with a letter that was sent to Idaho businesses in August of this year. The memo stated in part,
Memo July 2022 ISDA
“Safe levels of hemp and hemp-derived products in animal feed have not yet been established in federal or state law. As such, these products are not approved feed ingredients and cannot be lawfully added to or incorporated into commercial feed. This includes feed, treats, and remedies intended for pets, livestock, or any other animal.”Advertisement
The memo acknowledges that in the 2021 Regular Idaho Legislative Session, House Bill 126 was passed and signed into law. It explains that although that new law does create allowance for the licensed production and handling of hemp in Idaho,
“The new law did not legalize hemp in every setting or product type.”
The accompanying letter informed the Idaho business owners that all animal products containing hemp, or that are hemp-derived, must be pulled from shelves as of November 1, 2022. The letter warned,
Letter Aug 2022 ISDA
“These products are not legal in Idaho, and if found on or after November 1, 2022, will be subject to a stop sale and further action from the department.”
The ISDA cited Idaho Code Chapter 27 in Title 25: Idaho Commercial Feed Law §25-2712(1):
25-2712. PROHIBITED ACTS. Acts including, but not limited to, the following acts and the causing thereof within the state of Idaho are hereby prohibited:(1) The manufacture or distribution of any commercial feed that is adulterated or misbranded.
“As a small business owner, of course I think about the way it could affect my business, but pet owners are not going to stop giving their animals CBD. I have already had dozens of people tell me that they will share their (human) CBD with their pets. This is my biggest concern, and I would not recommend doing this. Many human CBD products contain terpenes, and some terpenes can be extremely harmful, even deadly to animals. Before giving pets your own supply of CBD please know what is in it. Bottom line is, I do not want to see our animals sick because pet owners are desperate in providing them relief from anxiety, pain, inflammation, seizures, or any other reason for why they may have their pet on CBD to begin with.”
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