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Maine Orders Stores To Remove Edibles Containing CBD

FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, an oral administration syringe loaded with high CBD hemp oil for treating a severely-ill child is shown at a private home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, an oral administration syringe loaded with high CBD hemp oil for treating a severely-ill child is shown at a private home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Maine health authorities ordered stores to remove edible products from their shelves that contain the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant because the product is not a federally approved food additive.

The Portland Press Herald reports environmental health inspectors began informing businesses last week they must remove all foods, tinctures and capsules containing 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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