Hemp-derived CBD is legal in New York, and is widely available in retail stores as well as online. A recent regulation from October 2020 now states that CBD can even be added to food and beverages as long as none of them contains neither alcohol nor tobacco.
In June 2019, a comprehensive regulatory framework surrounding the licensing, manufacturing, sale and use of hemp and CBD was approved by the New York State. The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made its cultivation federally legal. This distinction in federal law effectively legalized CBD that is derived from cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, as long as it has been cultivated according to federal and state regulations.
Is Cannabis legal in New York?
Only individuals with a valid New York State Medical Marijuana Program card can legally access CBD derived from cannabis. Medical cannabis has been legal in New York since 2014. Medical marijuana patients can legally possess a thirty day supply of cannabis-derived CBD products. Cannabis remains illegal for adult use in New York, although marijuana possession was discriminated against to an extent in August 2019.
Are there any penalties for using Cannabis in New York?
Possession of up to 2 ounces is a violation, subject to a maximum fine of $200.
CBD containing 0.3% or less THC is legal in New York. The state has a marijuana medical program. The use of cannabis for personal use is illegal. New York doctors cannot prescribe any form of cannabis products. Doctors are permitted to recommend CBD oil and cannabis oil to their patients. If the doctor feels the patient can benefit from preparations containing THC the patient might be eligible for a medical marijuana card. Alongside Colorado the state of New York has always been quite open towards CBD use as long as it was compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill.