Why are CBD Edibles Being Pulled Off Restaurants in Some Parts of the Country?

Across various parts of the country, health department officials are asking restaurants to voluntarily pull CBD-infused foods and drinks off menus.

The latest local and regional governments that have reportedly taken steps against CBD are New York City, California, Texas, and Ohio banning the substance from restaurants and retail stores.

For example, according to the New York City’s official government website, beginning July 1, New York City restaurants that don’t comply with the CBD ban voluntarily could be embargoed of their CBD products by the health department... and by October 1, officials “will begin issuing violations to restaurants and retailers for offering CBD-laced foods and drinks. Violations may be subject to fines as well as violation points that count toward the establishment’s letter grade.”

CBD, or cannabidiol, which derives from cannabis, doesn’t cause the psychoactive effects for the lack of enough THC—the compound that gives people the “high” sensation.

In fact, CBD proponents claim the substance is mainly used for its therapeutic benefits helping people relax, ease pain, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.

Despite the fact that not many studies have been done on cannabidiol in human trials, as pointed out by a recent New York Times article, we are seeing an immense amount of CBD products being sold across the country, with Walgreens as the latest retailer to announce plans to sell creams, patches, and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states.

So, why is it being pulled out of the restaurant space, specifically?

Although, the farm bill that was passed in December 2018 legalized industrial hemp in the U.S., this only means industrial hemp was removed from the controlled substance category. Anything that is put in foods and drinks has to be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and, as of right now, CBD is not determined safe or effective for other health conditions aside from being an active ingredient in an approved drug that treats two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

The FDA regulations are something different and there’s a huge push from lawmakers to change this.

Since there is no federal law specifically addressing CBD-laced edibles, some states, like Colorado and Maine, have already attempted to clarify the status of the substance by passing laws allowing the addition of CBD to food, as reported by Reuters. California and Texas have introduced bi-partisan legislation to do the same, as reported by the Associated Press.

Last week, the FDA slated the first public hearing to take place May 31 to discuss how to regulate CBD food and beverage products.

In the meantime, here at Foodable, we are tracking the latest in this arena:

In a podcast episode of Chef AF, Chef Brandon Foster shares with us a personal anecdote about how CBD has positively affected a local farmer to The point where this person wanted to dedicate the rest of his available land to grow hemp for the CBD industry.

In an On Foodable Feature episode, our host Layla Harrison breaks down for our audience some of the CBD-infused products that have stood out from the rest.

And in a Barron Report podcast episode, we learned about Azuca— a company offering CBD and THC products ranging from edibles to sweet syrups.

We expect to continue hearing about ‘Culinary Cannabis’ and its impact on the restaurant business and society as a whole. so, stay tuned for more interesting content!

Foodable Network Launches Chef AF a New Podcast

Today, Foodable is launching a new podcast — Chef AF, It’s All Food!— with Chef Jim Berman.

You may have already found out about the newest podcast addition to our show library, through The Barron Report’s latest piece where listeners had the chance to learn more about the chef and host.

Chef Berman has not only been a longtime Foodable expert contributor, but he’s also been a food writer for multiple publications while simultaneously working in and out of kitchens across the U.S.

Now, as the host of Chef AF, Chef Berman will have the chance to get his peers to “talk shop,” as he likes to say, in order to help other chefs and restaurant industry professionals navigate the wonderful yet complex kitchen life.

Chef AF, It’s All Food! is officially launching on Foodable Network today and it will soon be available in iTunes, Google Play and Spotify and other podcast listening platforms.

Listen to the first episode above to meet Berman and learn what you can expect to get from this new podcast!

Will the Cannabis Boom Expand to These States After the Midterms?

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Today, voters in four states will vote on ballots with medicinal and recreational cannabis initiatives. Both North Dakota and Michigan has legislation on ballots that could pass cannabis recreationally, while Utah and Missouri could pass cannabis for medical use.

"These are the four states that will vote on 6 November. If they pass in Michigan and North Dakota, 1 in 4 Americans will have legal access to weed. Meanwhile, if Utah and Missouri pass their ballots, medical marijuana will accessible in over 50% of all states," writes "The Guardian."

All legislation on cannabis legalization being voted on today are expected to pass.

So far, there are nine states where cannabis is legal and then 22 states where cannabis can be prescribed to patients for medical conditions.

In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. In 2012, Colorado and Washington pass legislation that made cannabis legal recreationally. Cannabis became legal in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. in 2014.

Then in 2016, state marijuana legalization laws passed in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Vermont.

These legislations have ignited a cannabis dining movement. Fine dining chefs in California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are now incorporating cannabis into their menus. California's wine country is also gearing up to embrace cannabis wine infusions.

There are even a few shows like Cooking on High and Bong Appetite, both focused on cannabis-infused cuisine.

The cannabis market is expected to hit $4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S. according to a recent report by Arcview Market Research. This significant growth is partially attributed to Canada rolling out legalized cannabis last month.

Read more about America’s marijuana industry at “The Guardian.”

With more states legalizing marijuana, the cannabis boom is bound to spread in the U.S. But in areas where marijuana isn't legal recreationally, CBD-infused treats and beverages instead are being sold. Learn how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry on this recent episode of The Barron Report below.

Cannabis Edibles Expected to be a $4.1 Billion Industry in the U.S. and Canada by 2022

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The cannabis Industry as a whole has morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry, but according to a recent study food infusions also known as edibles have much more potential.

Last year, in the U.S. alone, the edibles market accounted for $1 billion. This is significant considering marijuana is only legal recreationally in 9 states.

Tomorrow, Canada is rolling out legalized cannabis. With that in mind, Arcview Market Research anticipates that the edible market will be worth $4.1 billion by 2022 in both Canada and the U.S.

This tremendous growth is attractive to several beverage and snack giants.

Coca-Cola announced that that it is planning to get into the cannabis sector. The beverage giant made the statement after “Bloomberg” reported that the company is in talks with the Canadian cannabis company Aurora Cannabis, according to "multiple sources familiar with the matter."

But Coca-Cola isn't the only one jumping on the cannabis infusion bandwagon either.

“The edibles market is up for grabs. We’re already seeing mainstream beverage companies scrambling to take advantage of part of this significant opportunity,” said the Arcview Market Research report. “And when you consider that the investments made so far by these beverage companies, touches primarily the beverages subcategory, then you start to get a sense of the magnitude of the overall edibles market."

Molson-Coor announced that it's also working on developing a line of CBD-infused beverages in Canada.

Although the cannabis edible market is on the rise, there have been some recent challenges.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced earlier this month that cannabis-infused products that could be accidentally ingested by children like candies and lollipops will no longer be allowed to be sold.

Want more insights on how CBD is making an impact in the foodservice industry? Check out this recent episode of The Barron Report below.

Read more about the Arcview Market Research report on the cannabis edible industry at "Yahoo Finance" now.

Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and the city of Seattle have been getting a lot of attention in the last few days. Sunday, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils, and cocktail picks went into effect, affecting 5,000 restaurants in the city, according to CBS News.

And Starbucks announced Monday their commitment to removing plastic straws from all 28,000 locations by 2020. Instead they will offer either a recyclable plastic lid or an “alternative material straw,” expected to be made of paper says the New York Times.

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