What is the latest with CBD?

What is the latest with CBD?

Maine – LD 630 ‘An Act To Clarify That Food, Food Additives and Food Products Containing Hemp-derived Cannabidiol Produced and Sold within the State Are Not Adulterated and To Match the State’s Definition of “Hemp” to the Definition in Federal Law’ was signed into law by Governor Mills as an emergency measure on March 27, 2019.

As of May 20, 2019,  LD 1749 ‘An Act To Amend the State’s Hemp Laws’ was released to further refine the state’s Hemp and CBD laws.

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Discontinuance of EBT Photos

As of April 26, 2019, the Office for Family Independence is no longer offering the option to add a photo to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards.  All EBT cards will continue to be valid and should continue to be accepted, whether they have a photo or not.  We will not be replacing cards that currently have photos, unless requested by the card holder.  We thank you for your partnership and continued assistance toward reaching our common goals.

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SNAP Government Shutdown Update

Maine Department of Health and Human Services: February SNAP Benefits to be Paid January 17.
Message from Governor Mills.

SNAP Early Issuance Messaging for Retailers: Customers who use SNAP EBT should keep in mind that February food dollars will be added in the middle of January this year. This means that you may have two months’ worth of food dollars on your account this month. No food dollars will be added in February. The early food dollars are meant to help with next month’s food. We encourage our SNAP-participating customers to plan their purchases carefully so that they have money available to meet their food needs.

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Grocers and food producers: Increase in minimum wage creates uncertainty for grocers

Holiday sales are just one bellwether for Maine’s grocery stores and supermarkets going into 2019, according to Christine Cummings. “I’m hopeful that momentum from a strong holiday season will continue into 2019,” said the executive director of the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association, a trade group representing nearly 200 of the state’s grocers, supermarkets, food and beverage producers and related vendors.

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Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31, 2018. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and our partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.

As we continue to investigate this outbreak, today the FDA is announcing new steps to help consumers better identify where their romaine is grown through voluntary labeling.

To learn more visit the FDA’s website.

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