This Week in CBD: February 15, 2019
This week, the US Hemp Roundtable launched an online State Action Center. This interactive tool will make it easier for hemp and CBD advocates to keep up to date on hemp-related issues, and helps visitors to contact their state legislators directly.
Thanks to a newly announced deal between Simon Property Group and Green Growth Brands, CBD stores are coming to more than 100 Simon malls nationwide.
The first shop is planned for Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana. CBD was legalized in the state in March 2018.
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In Missouri, the state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) has declared that it has no authority to regulate the addition of hemp-derived CBD to alcoholic beverages.
This statement clears the path for restaurants to serve CBD-infused cocktails without the threat of law enforcement action as a result of using the non-intoxicating substance.
New York state’s ongoing crackdown against CBD-infused food and beverages has been generating controversy, with New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson voicing his opposition to the Health Department ban.
In an article on how the ban is affecting restaurateurs, Cannabis Now critiqued media coverage of the ban, accusing the New York Times of “baseless fear-mongering” for a headline stating that officials think CBD is “unsafe.”
And as states around the country have struggled to address the legality of using CBD in food and beverages, the FDA has not yet weighed in with its stance on CBD.
Business owners who sell CBD in Sarasota, Florida were expected to begin receiving cease and desist letters from the Sarasota Police Department this week.
Advocates say that hemp-derived CBD is legal under state law. But officials maintain that it is illegal, and they say that the enforcement push comes after law enforcement received complaints from about seven people who became ill after using products they believed to contain CBD.
Meanwhile, a bill filed in the state’s legislature aims to clarify the laws around hemp and CBD, creating a regulatory framework to ensure quality control for CBD products.
The state Senate of Virginia unanimously passed a bill which will protect students who use non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD for medical reasons.
Under the new regulations, students who have “valid written certification” will not be subject to disciplinary actions related to cannabis use.
The state’s House of Representatives must also approve the bill before it can be signed into law and take effect.
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