Posted: Aug 22, 2019
Big Apple eateries are having a tough time parting with their consumable CBD products — despite a citywide ban, The Post has learned.
Last month, the city’s Health Department forced 15 eateries to destroy food and drinks infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, which doesn’t get you high but is said to relieve pain and anxiety.
Eateries including The Bean at 31 Third Ave. in Manhattan, and Toast at 1130 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn were paid visits by the agency and forced to destroy their CBD products last month, records show.
Despite being warned about the Health Department’s July 1 deadline for months, businesses were hoping to fly under the radar — or at least sell out their inventory before they were caught as shoppers have been stocking up in anticipation of the ban, eatery owners and workers said.
Silo Cafe, which also is located on Third Avenue, had to destroy its CBD drinks, chocolate bars and brownies last month, records show, but not before it made 100 percent profit on CBD candies, which cost up to $8 each, said manager Casey Lee.
“They sold well for us,” especially after word got out that restaurants wouldn’t be allowed to sell them anymore, he said. “Some customers bought a lot of the products in June — 10 or 20 at a time.”
Other Manhattan restaurants that had to get rid of their CBD products include Open Kitchen at 123 William St., City of Saints Coffee Roasters at 79 E. 10 St. and Gourmet Park at 119 E. 60 St., records show.
Agency inspectors supervising the destruction of these products forced operators to use bleach on edible merchandise and to pour drinks out, according to a spokesman.
That amounts to a slap on the wrist compared to the fines — from $200 to $650 — which will be assessed to transgressors starting Oct. 1.
By Lisa Fickenscher
August 21, 2019
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