Maine orders edibles containing CBD removed from stores

In this April 24, 2018, file photo, the first rendering from hemp plants extracted from a super critical CO2 extraction device on it's way to becoming fully refined CBD oil spurts into a large beaker at New Earth Biosciences in Salem, Ore.
In this April 24, 2018, file photo, the first rendering from hemp plants extracted from a super critical CO2 extraction device on it's way to becoming fully refined CBD oil spurts into a large beaker at New Earth Biosciences in Salem, Ore. –The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health authorities have ordered that edible products containing the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant must be removed from stores because the product is not a federally approved food additive.

The Portland Press Herald reports environmental health inspectors began informing businesses last week that they must remove all foods, tinctures and capsules from their shelves that contain the compound known as CBD.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says CBD is an unapproved food additive that federal authorities do not recognize as safe.

Inspectors have told Maine business owners they can still sell CBD products that can be smoked, vaped, worn as a patch or applied as a lotion. Medical marijuana patients can still buy oral CBDs from licensed caregivers or dispensaries.

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