Local health boards baffled over the legality of CBD oil

(Record file photo) Cannabidiol, or “CBD” is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the flowers and buds of the cannabis plant and can be infused in food and drink products.

GREAT BARRINGTON— It’s at gas stations. It’s in gummy bears. And it’s even in dog treats.

CBD is showing up everywhere in Berkshire County.

Cannabidiol, or more commonly known as “CBD” is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the flowers and buds of the cannabis plant.

And while the majority of products in retail marijuana shops are regulated by both the municipality that the business resides in as well as by the state Cannabis Control Commission, that does not include CBD.

In fact, despite the fact many shops offer CBD products, the Cannabis Control Commission has no jurisdiction on hemp or CBD, said state Rep.William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox.

So, what entity has oversight over CBD?

From a local perspective like the Tri-Town Health Department, a direct answer is a little harder to define.

“It’s a little messy, to be honest,” said Jim Wilusz, executive director of public health and registered sanitarian for the department.
“We’re still learning about CBD oil and its bandwidth and it’s available everywhere. Without regulation.”

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