The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that it is unlawful to add cannabidiol (CBD) to any food or drink. As a result, the New York City Health Code also prohibits any food service establishment, or other businesses, from offering food or drink that contains CBD.

The Health Department is currently educating business operators about this prohibition and directing them to stop offering these products. Beginning July 1, 2019, if business operators have not voluntarily come into compliance, the Health Department will embargo food and drink products that contain CBD, and the products will have to be returned to the supplier or discarded.

Starting October 1, 2019, the Health Department will begin issuing violations that may be subject to fines.


Read about adulterated food products.

If you have any questions about this regulation, send an email to

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

You can submit a complaint about a business or restaurant offering food or drink containing cannabidiol (CBD). 

The New York City Health Code prohibits any establishment or business from offering food or drink that contains CBD. 

In order for the NYC Department of Health to respond, you must provide the name and full street address of the business you are reporting.

Call 311 for assistance.