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Non-Cannabis Retailers Warned: No More Cannabis Infused Drinks & Food

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Beverages containing CBD—a non-intoxicating cannabis extract—may soon disappear from local menus amid a series of recent California regulations, including a bill signed by termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown in September that bans selling alcoholic beverages containing CBD starting January 1, 2019.

Short for cannabidiol, some studies show CBD may help with reducing seizures, elevating mood and reducing inflammation.

While the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD for such uses, the agency did approve the CBD prescription medication Epidiolex for certain forms of epilepsy last summer.

While Brown’s bill only points to alcoholic beverages, the California Dept. of Public Health issued a memo last July stating that CBD should not be added to any type of food or beverage—including pet food—by anyone that is not a licensed cannabis retailer.

Still, CBD has become a popular additive in cocktails, juices and lattes in Los Angeles.

Hector Luna, of Vermont Avenue coffeeshop WKNDR, said that their CBD lattes have been popular with customers and that he was not aware of any law prohibiting them.

For the time being, he said, WKNDR will continue to offer CBD laced beverages.

Moon Juice, a popular juice and smoothie chain in Silver Lake on Sunset Boulevard, allows patrons to add CBD shots to their drinks. The chain declined a request for comment.

Vegan restaurant Gracias Madre in West Hollywood was one of the first Los Angeles restaurants to serve CBD-infused cocktails, but they have scrapped their CBD offerings.
Also, Kettle Black in Silver Lake once offered CBD cocktails, but they have disappeared from the menu there too.

Neither Kettle Black nor Gracias Madre responded to a request for comment.

While bars that continue to serve CBD cocktails in 2019 could lose their liquor license, cafes and smoothie bars instead risk losing points on their health inspections, according to county officials.

The county’s Dept. of Public Health is currently working on making food facilities aware of new state guidelines, officials said in an emailed statement.

According to the statement, after businesses are notified, subsequent violations will result in a two-point deduction on their health inspection as well as a cease and desist on the official inspection report.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Juliet Bennett Rylah on Los Feliz Ledger

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Published: November 01, 2018

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