Nathalie Bougenies in Refinery29

Nathalie Bougenies, an attorney at Harris Bricken in Washington D.C. whose work focuses on the regulatory framework of hemp-derived CBD products, believes that most people making and selling hemp-infused products are doing their best to be compliant with existing regulations. But, she says, “you have companies out there that have been taking advantage of the situation, which explains why we’re finding products in places like 7-Eleven, a place where minors go. There [are states where there] aren’t regulations about limiting the sales to people 21 and older. That’s partially how you’ve ended up with this unregulated market that’s enabled bad actors to thrive for the time being [and] put public health at risk.”