Speaker Johnson, Health Chair Levine Call for Answers on City’s CBD Policy

*RELEASE* March, 5th 2019
Contact: Jake Sporn, 516-946-5253 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, NY -- In response to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) recent decision to stop the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive in New York City, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Health Chair Mark Levine, and Council Member Robert Holden have written the attached letter to DOHMH.

Said Council Health Chair Levine, “CBD is legal in most states, doesn't get you high, and has even been approved for some medical uses by the FDA. At a time when we are finally moving away from prohibition of marijuana, this is a step backwards, and DOHMH has yet to offer a substantive explanation about why such a drastic step needed to be taken now. My office is in the process of drafting legislation to legalize and regulate the sale of CBD as a food additive, and I look forward to having a full public airing of this issue.”

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