In yet another blow to New York City's restaurant, bar and eating establishments, New York City's Department of Health (DOH) has ordered such businesses to stop selling foods and drinks containing cannabidiol, popularly known as "CBD", a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant.
In deference to the Federal Drug Administration's determination that CBD has not been established as a safe food or beverage additive, New York and many other states, including those which have already legalized marijuana, have banned the sale of CBD-infused products even where the consumer has been alerted by labels or signage as to its inclusion and despite the CBD products' rapidly gaining popularity.
"Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat. The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers' health," the DOH publicly announced.
The FDA has said it will continue to enforce existing restrictions on CBD as a food additive. In addition to the FDA and New York City, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has also adopted rules which provide that you cannot sell any CBD product for human consumption except as dietary supplements and bans the sale of any CBD products for use in any vaping or inhalation system.
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