By Jeff Manning

The Oregonian (TNS)

It was fitting that Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden were among the first to sample Blue Dot Donuts’ new chocolate-­hazelnut doughnut Monday morning. Without legislation that the two veteran members of Congress partnered to get passed in December, the doughnut would have been difficult, and possibly illegal, to sell.

The new Blue Dot product boasts a small dose of CBD, the nonintoxicating marijuana extract that has become all the rage for its therapeutic qualities.

The “lunacy” of marijuana prohibition is finally over, Blumenauer said. Congress passed the 2018 farm bill that included language introduced by Wyden that legalized industrial hemp.

In one of the most surprising political partnerships in recent memory, Wyden teamed with Mitch McConnell, the conservative Republican Senate leader, to ensure the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was included in the farm bill.

The legislation clearly defines hemp as an agricultural commodity and removes it from the list of controlled substances. It makes states the primary regulators of hemp production. Hemp farmers will be able to compete for federal farm grants and crop insurance.

It’s fitting the CBD doughnut was introduced on President’s Day: “I think George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be spinning in their graves if they knew hemp had been made a Schedule I drug,” Blumenauer said.

Blue Dot is not the only company jumping on the CBD trend. Coalition Brewing of southeast Portland was the first brewer in Oregon to release a CBD-infused beer in 2016.

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