New York City health officials reportedly this week banned restaurants and bars from serving cannabidiol, or CBD, products in food or drink, throwing cold water on one of the industry’s hottest trends. Similar crackdowns are being reported in Ohio, Maine and Georgia, where health officials are also working to stop restaurants and bars from incorporating CBD into dishes and drinks. In late December, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb appeared to open a door for CBD use in restaurants and bars, saying in a statement that there may be paths available for the agency to consider whether certain cannabis-derived compounds might be permitted in food or as a dietary supplement.
Lightbulb Moment: CBD, and eventually THC, moving into the food industry is a safe bet to take. It just isn’t worth the risk of having the law show up on your doorstep because you were in too much of a hurry to do it right. The door is open now to move CBD into restaurants and bars, just step through.