“The FDA has been very clear that CBD is not currently permissible for inclusion in food and dietary supplements,” Black said in a statement.
Many Georgia businesses currently sell CBD lattes, alcoholic beverages and sparkling waters despite FDA rules. State officials could begin enforcing violations when they're notified of them, said Georgia Agriculture Department spokeswoman Julie McPeake.
The state could issue cease and desist orders, levy fines and revoke manufactured food licenses from establishments that sell CBD food products, McPeake said.
The department will draft rules and regulations for Georgia's hemp cultivation and processing program in the coming months. Then grower licenses and processor permits could be issued once rules are finalized.
CBD is a non-intoxicating molecule found in both hemp and marijuana. CBD contains trace amounts of THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.