Regulators have also banned the sale of pre-rolled hemp flower cigarettes. It is legal to sell hemp flower to consumers aged 21+ as long as it isn’t packaged and sold for smoking. CBD businesses in New York have until May 2022 to comply with the new rules.
Governor Cuomo signed the New York Hemp Pilot Program into law in June 2014. A year later, the state launched the program and permitted the growth of hemp for research purposes. In 2017, New York eliminated the limits on the number of sites permitted to cultivate hemp.
Recent CBD Oil Regulations in New York State
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The legalization of recreational marijuana ends the debate about CBD’s legality, but there are a few rules to consider.
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Although the state decriminalized the possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana in 1977, a loophole classified public possession as a misdemeanor. It wasn’t until 2014 that New York implemented an MMJ program. However, even at that stage, you technically needed a doctor’s recommendation to buy and use CBD.
“If you take pure CBD, it’s pretty safe,” said Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Side effects in the Epidiolex trial included diarrhea, sleepiness, fatigue, weakness, rash, decreased appetite and elevated liver enzymes. Also, the safe amount to consume in a day, or at all during pregnancy, is still not known.
Earlier research found fewer than a third of 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. Some users of CBD have also failed drug tests when the product contained more THC than indicated.
Recently, the F.D.A. sent a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc. about its “unsubstantiated claims” that the plant extract treats a variety of conditions from pet anxiety and depression to cancer and opioid withdrawal. (In a statement, the company said that some of the products in question had been discontinued and that it was working with the F.D.A.)
Many soldiers return home haunted by war and PTSD and often avoid certain activities, places or people associated with their traumatic events. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy.
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Dr. Smita Das, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry’s cannabis work group, does not recommend CBD for anxiety, PTSD, sleep or depression. With patients turning to these to unproven products, she is worried that they may delay seeking appropriate mental health care: “I’m dually concerned with how exposure to CBD products can lead somebody into continuing to cannabis products.”
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