New York Officials have taken the first steps in cracking down on CBD being used as an additive in food and drinks.
“Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” a NYCDOH official wrote in an email statement to Weedmaps News. “The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers‘ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”
This may seem like a surprise after the 2018 Farm Bill approved the production of industrial hemp however, The bill left regulation of CBD to the FDA. The FDA’s stance is that CBDs can be derived from both legal hemp and Illegal Marijuana, however, no matter what the source it will be considered the same substance.
Starting on July 1st depending on the quantity of CBD’s found businesses will be fined between $250-$650. A few of the issues the FDA has with CBDs are the lack of packaging and dosage guidelines.
“The packaging and labeling requirements aren’t there yet in states that don’t have a cannabis regime, If you go buy a CBD beverage and it’s not specially packaged—it just looks like another coffee or whatever—someone might take a sip who doesn’t intend to.” says Griffen Thorne, a California attorney who specializes in cannabis law.
Fat Cat Kitchen had over $1,000 worth of product taken off shelves and bagged and embargoed. The Manhatten based restaurant was one of many restaurants over 21 different counties that are feeling the heat. The Goal is to get CBD infused food an beverages off shelves all across New York State.