Gregg Renfrew

Beautycounter Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew testifies as an expert witness in a congressional hearing on cosmetic reform. Renfrew has tirelessly advocated for cosmetic reform in both Washington, D.C. and state capitols since Beautycounter launched in early 2013. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on cosmetic reform, Wednesday, December…

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FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The FDA also published a revised Consumer Update detailing safety concerns about CBD products more broadly. Based on the lack of…

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U.S. Hemp Roundtable

Medical Marijuana, Inc.  announced that its subsidiary Kannaway® has been selected as a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable, formed in 2017, is a coalition of more than 50 leading hemp companies representing every link of the industry’s supply chain from seed to sale. The organization has already achieved…

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DSA’s Memo on CBD

It’s been a month since the Code Administrator of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) made it known to all member companies in a memo released July 29th stating  “…it is the determination by this office that the sale of ingestible CBD (cannabidiol-based oils) products such as a foodstuff, nutritional supplement, tincture or for any digestible means for humans or…

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DSA Code of Ethics

The Code Administrator of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) made it known to all member companies in a memo released July 30 stating  “…it is the determination by this office that the sale of ingestible CBD (cannabidiol-based oils) products such as a foodstuff, nutritional supplement, tincture or for any digestible means for humans or animals is violative…

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FDA

According to a CNN story, concerns over exaggerated health claims have prompted a US Food and Drug Administration hearing on the effects of CBD products. The FDA is holding its first hearing today to assess the safety and efficacy of these CBD products. Cannabis-related products have flooded the market, making health claims about pain relief, immune function and…

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100 Day Action

China’s 100-day action to crack down on illegal practices in the health products market, including those by direct selling companies, has ended. A total of 49 direct selling products have been revoked. Earlier this week, the 13 Chinese departments that launched the nationwide 100-day campaign in January to rectify the health market chaos jointly held a…

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MONAT Introduces Studio One Collection

MONAT® Global recently announced that it has released its Studio One Collection that focuses on eliminating frizz and protecting hair from high-heat styling tools. The collection consists of one existing, re-branded product—The CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo—and two new products: The Frizz-Fix Smoothing Hair Primer and the Thermal Protect Styling Shield. “Protecting hair from high-heat tools and environmental factors is…

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On December 20th, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, So what does it mean for direct sellers eyeing the revenue potential of the cannabis market? The bill: Legalizes the production of industrial hemp. Puts the production of industrial hemp, now considered an agricultural product, under the supervision of the Agriculture Department. Removes CBD—the non-psychoactive compound found in hemp—from…

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Sen. Orrin Hatch

Photo credit: AP Photo Orrin Hatch, the senior senator from Utah—home to nearly 100 direct selling companies—will retire next month. The 84-year-old Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in US history, has spearheaded several initiatives during his time in Washington, including leading the Senate’s anti-terrorism bill in response to the Oklahoma City bombing, and, as a senior member of…

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