Officials decide to delay the ban in order to allow businesses time to prepare
Health officials in New York City recently, and abruptly, pulled the plug on food products that contained cannabidiol (CBD). They stated that CBD has yet to be evaluated appropriately by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and, as such, could not be included as an ingredient in culinary creations. The move caught everyone off guard, as it was announced without any time for restaurants and other food establishments to make the necessary changes in order to adapt their menus. Now, the Big Apple has softened its position and has postponed the ban.
Businesses in New York have until June 30 to make the necessary changes. The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had implemented the ban, effectively immediately, which promised to force many businesses to suffer serious financial losses. These venues will also have a little more leeway, as city officials won’t start issuing fines against violators until October. Those fines could be a minimum of $200 and a reduction in the establishment’s letter grade.
October is eight months away and a lot could happen between now and then. Lawmakers have already begun putting pressure on the FDA to take a stand – one way or another – on CBD in consumable products and the agency recently stated that it would be considering alternative approaches to CBD regulations. What this means exactly to the marijuana community isn’t clear, but hopefully, it means that regulations are coming this year and could allow CBD products to continue to be offered.