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Last week, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) launched an assassination attempt on restaurants, bars and cafes selling products containing the cannabis derivative cannabidiol, as well as known is CBD.
The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed on Tuesday that products containing CBD oil should no longer be sold in the city. In a statement, the health department said New York restaurants were "not allowed to add anything to food or drink that was not considered safe to consume," including CBD, which was "not considered safe as a food additive". 1
In recent years, CBD has become increasingly popular, with many highlighting its benefits and adding them to various foods, beverages, and health and beauty products, but there is still little scientific research to back up its health claims.
When the renaissance of the CBD began, questions about its legality were immediately raised without clear answers. In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription CBD drug to be sold in the United States. However, the FDA's website states that products containing CBD should not be sold as food supplements or in foods that cross state borders. Confusing, right? The Drug Enforcement Administration was firmer and said CBD was illegal because it came from cannabis, a prohibited Schedule 1 drug, according to the New York Times.
While this ban may be distressing, New York City is not the first place to implement such a policy. Maine, one of the ten states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, has recently ordered restaurants to remove CBD products from the menu, according to The Portland Press Herald . Ohio, a state with legalized medical marijuana programs, has begun to ask companies to stop selling CBD products, according to article [CincinnatiEnquirer .
So far only five restaurants in New York City have been affected, but for other companies selling CBD products, writing is on the wall. A spokesperson for DOH told Inverse.com, "Restaurants in New York City may not add anything to food or drinks that is not considered safe. The Department of Health takes its responsibility seriously to protect the health of New Yorkers. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is considered harmless as a food additive, the Department orders that no products containing CBD be offered.
The companies concerned are confused by the sudden crackdown and lack of communication from the DOH 2018 The mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has published the legalization task force cannabis. These inverses make the following statement: CBD products that are legal in the state of New York are already being sold in many municipalities, since CBD is not very psychoactive and is not expected to be associated with significant health risks.
New York City's Fat Cat Kitchen was one of the first restaurants targeted by the raid.
View this post on Instagram Our CBD has been suspended !!! Will you do this for any company that sells CBD food? Watch Channel 5 News this evening at 10pm for an interview with us about this arbitrary ban. , , , #wtf #nyccannadivas #cannacommunity #ediblesnyc #nycedibles #cbdedibles #cbd #cbdnyc #nyccbd # 420 #cannabiscommunity #weed #marijuana #cbdheals #cbdhemp #cannabidiol #cbdisolate #health #cbdlife #weedstagram #cbdheals #cbdhealth #cbdbenefits #nbcnews  A post shared by Fat Cat Kitchen (@fatcatkitchen) on February 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm PST
Although the future of CBD is not clear, it is important to remember that CBD is still new and has not been thoroughly researched. The question is why the raid happened now. We will keep an eye on the evolution of this story.
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