No more CBD in NYC restaurants
Adding CBD to food, booze and, well, everything under the sun has become very popular. However, after industrial hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared it unlawful to add CBD to food and beverages. New York City’s Department of Health is taking this declaration seriously. In fact, the health department plans to start fining restaurants that offer CBD-laced cuisine. Watch out, Brooklyn.
Lack of representation in the marijuana industry
It’s widely known that people of color have been disproportionately targeted in the War on Drugs. Various state and local programs have tried to make it easier for black and Latinx people to join the legal cannabis industry, but many of these programs aren’t effective. The unfortunate truth is that the legal cannabis industry continues to be mostly white, and people of color are still being left behind. Learn more about this major problem here.
The link between recreational cannabis and junk food
A couple of researchers wanted to know if there was a correlation between states legalizing marijuana and the amount of junk food people consume in those states. Spoiler alert: The munchies are real. The researchers looked at junk food purchases before and after statewide legalization. Ultimately, they found that legalizing recreational cannabis leads to an increase in the sales of junk food. Finally, the research we need.
Spotting stoned customers
Ontario has introduced a retail training program for those in the cannabis industry. Soon, marijuana retail workers in this Canadian province will need to take a cannabis education course, which includes a portion on how to spot a high person. The things they don’t teach you in school.
Cannabis swag bags
The 2019 Academy Awards will make history, even if it’s only for the swag bags. This year, Oscar nominees will receive gift bags containing cannabis-infused truffles. Let’s hope for some stoned acceptance speeches.