Lawmakers demand to know why CBD was banned in NYC

By Nolan Hicks

City lawmakers – including Council speaker Corey Johnson – are demanding the Health Department answer questions about its apparently sudden decision last month to ban CBD, a cannabis oil served in drinks.

“We are deeply alarmed by the opaque nature of the process by which the Department came to this seemingly abrupt policy shift,” Johnson and Councilmen Mark Levine and Robert Holden wrote in their letter to Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot.

The letter requests the agency provide a detailed accounting of its decision-making process, an official explanation of its stance on the compound and its possible impacts on public health and explain why the decision was made without public hearings.

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