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State of Maine orders retailers to remove edibles with CBD from store shelves.

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services says hemp derived product is not federally approved as a food additive.

According to the Pressherald.comstate health authorities in Maine have ordered edible products containing CBD to be removed from retailers shelves. Environmental health inspectors began to inform business last week with a written letter that they must remove all foods, tinctures and capsules from their store shelves that contain CBD. Their reason is that CBD is an unapproved food additive that federal authorities do not recognize as safe.

Inspectors have told Maine retailers that they can still sell CBD products that can be smoked, vaped, worn as a patch or applied as a topical and medical marijuana patients can still purchase oral CBD products from licensed caregivers or dispensaries.

CBD products are already available statewide and are sold in Big Apple gas stations, Whole Foods markets and True Value hardware shops. It is still unclear as to how many retailers or how many products this will affect, however retailers feel that they have had the carpet pulled from underneath them. Julia Dawson the owner of East Coast CBDs in Unity “Hemp just got legalized nationally and now Maine wants to do a 180 and make it illegal here, when we’ve been doing it with their blessing for two years now? How did CBD suddenly get unsafe? This is ridiculous. This cannot stand. People need to know what the state is up to and demand the state keeps its hands off our CBDs.” Julia stated that hemp-derived CBD products account for half its stores profits.

The departmental action is a threat to Maines fast growing hemp industry. Farmers, extraction, labs, retailers all have invested millions at a time when the CBD market in Maine is thriving. Some businesses plan to rally at the State Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in hopes of getting the state to reverse its position or persuade lawmakers to pursue a legislative correction.