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Thanks to NYC Health Officials, New Yorkers Can No Longer Get CBD in Their Coffee: New at Reason

Richard B. Levine/NewscomRichard B. Levine/NewscomLast week New York City's health department, long the bane of food freedom supporters, banned city restaurants from adding cannabidiol—a compound found in both cannabis and hemp that's commonly known as "CBD"—as an ingredient in food or drinks they sell.

CBD products, purported to offer health benefits to consumers, also offer quite a premium for sellers. A coffee at Bushwick's Caffeine Underground costs $2.50. A CBD-infused coffee—presumably the same coffee with a couple drops of CBD added—will set you back $6.00.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (who is also a potential mayoral candidate) blasted the health department's move this week, saying it "doesn't make any sense."

Reason columnist Baylen Linnekin agrees with Johnson. But as he explains, the agency's latest turn against CBD is hardly unexpected.

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