In February of 2019, New York City began to crack down on the CBD infused food businesses. The stance that government officials have taken on the non-psychoactive cannabinoid is that there is simply too little regulation.
Just in time too, because laws behind CBD are changing in order to help this issue. However, this isn’t an uncommon problem that states have with selling CBD in foods.
The market is still relatively new for most producers, and the product is only legal if it contains the trace amount of THC, which is less than .3%. Not only is this low enough to avoid the psychoactive properties, but is also low enough to not show up in a drug test.
This would all be suitable for the market, but only if there was credible regulation behind it, which we are far from. Some brands are getting away with selling cheap, and nearly useless products to people. While on the other hand, some products may contain more than the legal THC amount, which could potentially result in a failed drug test, or a possession charge.
As of today, July 1st, NYC has banned CBD products in foods and drinks.
The general consensus is that people of New York aren’t happy with the change. The laws behind CBD, which were already confusing for some, has gotten that much worse. What’s important to understand is that the Food and Drug Association have no way of monitoring what is being put in the products.
While businesses won’t have ease with selling CBD products in foods and drinks, the compound itself is still available to New Yorkers. Now it seems people will have to get their benefits another way.
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