Police officers in Arizona will be allowed to take CBD after a ruling by police watchdogs in the US state.
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) issued a statement clarifying that it “does not view the use or possession of over-the-counter products containing CBD as constituting the illegal use or possession of marijuana, a dangerous drug, or a narcotic drug”.
The Phoenix New Times reports AZPOST has historically regarded the use of over-the-counter CBD in the same category as cannabis from a medical cannabis dispensary.
Cannabis in Arizona is legal for medical uses but prohibited for recreational use.
In a memo Matt Giordano, the executive director of AZPOST, said: “Police agencies have seen an increase in the number of applicants that have disclosed the use of products containing CBD during their backgrounds.
“What we are finding is someone who might rub a product containing CBD oil on their elbow or knee before going out for a run.”
Any CBD products with more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) will still be prohibited for cops.
Giordano told Phoenix New Times his office could not find a case where an officer was denied certification for CBD use.
In May a vegetarian restaurant in Brighton in the UK became the first UK food business to be shut down for infusing its dishes with CBD oil.
The Canna Kitchen, in Brighton, was closed after police raid at the start of May.
The owner says they were assured by police and trading standards that the products were legal a year ago.