CBD Crackdown Raises Legal, Policy Questions – ThisisReno

A local brand of CBD chocolate can no longer be purchased in Washoe County. The Health District says it has authority over such sales, and CBD is not approved for human consumption. Similar products are easily purchased in the county and online.

The State of Nevada is not taking enforcement action against non-THC CBD edibles in Nevada. But two county governments are. Reno chocolatier Dorinda’s Chocolates had its LiveKaya CBD chocolates seized by the Washoe County Health District last month.

It was a move that critics said was an overreach by the district. Health district officials prevented Dorinda’s from selling $60,000 worth of CBD products.

“We have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in this — our equipment and whatnot. It has affected us severely,” said Dorinda Vance, Dorinda’s owner.

County officials said that they began enforcing specific regulations, including FDA rules, after a phone meeting with the state early this year.

“On January 3, 2019, WCHD staff participated in a state-wide conference call regarding the increase in questions from food establishment operators interested in adding industrial hemp,” said Brittany Dayton, with the Health District. “Food establishments are subject to the requirements of existing regulations. Prior to taking any action on food establishments serving or selling CBD food products, the WCHD consulted with representatives of the State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) who confirmed that CBD is still not permitted in food products per current Federal and State regulations.”

But state health officials said that they are not enforcing those regulations, only that DHHS will be developing new rules for edible CBD products.

“SB 209 requires us to develop regulations related to CBD in food products. We are in the process of engaging with stakeholders to develop them,” said Martha Framsted, DHHS spokesperson.

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