NYC Health Department Announces Ban on CBD in All Bars and Restaurants

The New York City Department of Health has introduced that bars and eating places in the town usually are not permitted to serve CBD merchandise. Despite the legalization of hemp and CBD in the 2018 Farm Bill, a well being division spokeswoman stated in a press release that the cannabinoid has not but been accepted to be used in meals and beverage merchandise.

“Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” she stated. “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.”

Dorothy Stepnowska, the proprietor of Flower Power Coffee House in Ridgewood, Queens, which has been promoting CBD merchandise, stated that she disagreed with the ban and is contemplating a battle towards it.

“It makes no sense,” she stated. “It has no THC, no psycho-additive. It’s a plant, it comes from the ground… it helps a lot of people.”

She added that she had anticipated regulation, however believes that the well being division has gone too far.

“I was waiting for them to regulate it to give us some kind of instructions on how to go about selling it, but not for them to just pull it off the shelf,” she stated. “Oh Jesus, oh no. We’re going to lose a lot of money.”

Mayor Vows to Learn More

Mayor Bill de Blasio stated at an unrelated occasion that he has not but mentioned the difficulty with the well being division however that he values their enter.

“I will follow up with the Department of Health,” de Blasio stated. “Look, the Department of Health is the gold standard for public health in this country and if they have a concern, I have a concern. I have not had this conversation with them directly. But, I think they’re often on the cutting edge of identifying problems and addressing them. So let me have that conversation and I’ll come back to you.”

CJ Holm, the proprietor of the Fat Cat Kitchen in Manhattan, had been providing CBD treats till final Friday when well being division inspectors embargoed the merchandise on hand and stated that they might not be bought. Holm stated that the inspectors’ go to left her “with nothing but questions. They made statements that weren’t true, they didn’t explain what the issue was, they didn’t take the CBD, they just put it in a plastic baggie.”

“It was so random and arbitrary and unclear what we had done wrong,” she added. “I had to call the Department of Health three times to get someone on the phone who even knew what CBD was. One woman put me on hold, and then came back and said, ‘Oh I just Googled it, now I know what CBD is!’ You’re taking away my CBD, and nobody even knows what it is!”


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