The rally hosted by Georgia C.A.R.E. Project and the Athens C.A.R.E. affiliate drew 25 protesters to send a message that Athens-Clarke County can decriminalize less than one ounce of cannabis by using citations rather than arresting “offenders”. Georgia C.A.R.E. Project director James Bell spoke later that night before the mayor and commission meeting.
As states pass cannabis extract laws, entrepreneurs are stepping up to provide “CBD Oils”. The FDA has sent out warnings to several companies about the claims being made of their product’s healing properties. According to the FDA most of the ‘legal in all 50 state” oils contain little or no CBD (cannabidiol) and the products lack ingredient labeling. Note that there are many illegitimate product manufactures in America, the set back… it is illegal to ship across state lines. Georgia’s new law (HB-1) allows possession of certain cannabis extracts, for certain patients, if they can find a source in other states. Patients take the legal risks of shipping or bringing the extracts back to Georgia.
“WASHINGTON, DC — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent letters to several makers of cannabidiol (CBD) oils derived from hemp, telling them to stop making medical claims about their products’ ability to treat disease.
Many sellers of hemp-based cannabidiol products, who advertise their products as “legal in all 50 states” because they are derived from industrial hemp, have been making claims that their products are rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and can be used for “the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases,” according to the FDA.
The FDA, which considers CBD an “unapproved new drug,” says these companies are mis-branding the products and issuing false claims to consumers. Often these products do not even list their ingredients on the product label, the FDA added.”
Georgia C.A.R.E. Project director James Bell will be speaking this Saturday at the 37th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival in downtown Athens GA.
Originally created to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Kent State murders, the Human Rights Festival is a two-day event dedicated to promoting free speech and confronting issues that challenge human rights. Throughout the festival, activists and members of various community, national and global organizations take to the main stage to discuss important social and political topics. In between speakers, live music performances entertain the festival crowd. As always, information booths line the streets, and children’s activities and youth performances are available for our younger attendees.
The free festival is from 10 a.m.–12 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and 2–9 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd.
James Bell will be speaking on Saturday May 2nd at 4:30 pm. We hope you can attend!