SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is reviewing and approving labels for businesses that want to sell CBD products in Utah.
CBD products like oil, which come from hemp, are becoming more popular and are said to provide relief for conditions like pain, anxiety and sleeplessness and are seen as a safer alternative to harmful prescription drugs.
There is no official study done by the FDA.
Newly-created rules also require those companies label their products in order to reveal all ingredients and a certificate of analysis which verifies which third-party lab tested the ingredients by scanning a QR code that will appear on the label.
The code can be scanned with a cell phone, "which is great for the consumer,” said Corby Bleckert, Co-Founder of Go Pure CBD
Bleckert’s company is one of the first in Utah to register and receive approve for its new product label.
While several shops have been selling CBD products for years, including oil, the legality of the products has been a gray area.
Utah has not enforced the sale of those products in the past — it’s been mostly buyer beware.
The state will now allow those selling the CBD products to comply with the new rules before confiscating any product that doesn't meet the new requirements.
Scott Ericson, Deputy Director at the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture said the state is looking out for the consumer.
"So that when they purchase something, they get what they pay for and there aren't any harmful products," he said.
Ericson said in other states, CBD oil and other products have been mixed with harmful drugs like fentanyl and spice, then sold, causing harm to consumers.
In other cases, he said some products sold as CBD have contained other ingredients that aren't harmful but not helpful to the buyer.
He said with the interest in CBD products, many companies are expected to pay the $200 per-product registration fee and sign-on to sell products.
He said for some companies the process has been slower than they hoped but it should not hamper any legitimate business from selling CBD.
Corby Bleckert said he's been waiting to get state approval in order to launch his business in Utah which for now, will mostly sell CBD products through the company website.
He said in order for CBD to become a trusted product the state of Utah will have to enforce the rules and make sure that products sold, adhere to the labeling requirements.
"It will be up to the state to police what's happening out there," he said.