The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp products, including CBD extracted from hemp plants & containing less than .3% THC, federally legal. However, some places aren’t so keen, and are cracking down on food establishments/purveyors who are adding CBD to their food. Officials in New York City, Maine, and Ohio have instituted a ban on it altogether.
It’s become a big trend: CBD in your coffee, ice cream, or even on top of pizza, but now, those places are receiving cease-and-desist letters, and confusion is growing. If CBD is legal, why can’t it be added to food? If businesses continue to sell CBD goodies, what possible consequences could they face?
There are a lot of questions, and not very many answers- that’s where the FDA comes in. Business owners, those involved in the production of CBD, and CBD enthusiasts have all been begging for the FDA to step in and come to a decision- make a ruling as to whether or not CBD can be added to food, once and for all. This is the only way to know for sure, cut and dried, what is or is not allowed.
Well, the FDA has heard people’s concerns, and is now planning to hold a public hearing on CBD. The planned public hearing is set for April, so we have about a month to wait before we’ll hear the results. While the wait may frustrate some, this response is what the CBD world has been waiting for- a public hearing & decision from the FDA is the only true way to clear up this confusion once and for all.
Now that we know the date, all that’s left to do is wait for April. Until then, Grassroots Harvest CBD products will still be available for sale, though your local coffee shop may not be adding it into their lattes quite yet.