Corey Johnson, the Speaker of the New York City Council, claimed that he was thinking about canceling the Health Department ban. According to the ban, restaurants are not allowed to use CBD in their food and beverages.
The leader of the City Council called the Health Department ban “an overreaction” and emphasized that CBD was legal.
“I want to hear what the Health Department wants to do to correct this given the science, and if they refuse to do so, the Council is willing to look at this issue legislatively.” Then, he added: “I think the Health Department should come up with some regulations that make sense for CBD.”
Agency representatives stressed that CBD gets around the law which bans restaurants from adding additives in their food and drinks. Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of NYC, hasn’t commented on this situation yet. Eric Phillips, his spokesman, said His Honor was “reviewing” the ban.
Last month, the Health Department announced prohibiting restaurants to use cannabidiol in their menus, with the reinforcement date of July 1 and fines between $200 and $650. CBD is a non-psycho additive cannabis derivative that is used against anxiety and physical pain. Medical experts agree that small doses of CBD in food are not harmful.