How Jerry Brown Harshed Our CBD Cocktail Mellow

The Rye Meow at Gesso in Los Angeles. The cocktail is made with rye whiskey, dry vermouth, elderflower and CBD oil. (Photo courtesy of Gesso)

Remember that awesome list Caroline on Crack made about where to drink CBD cocktails in Los Angeles? It just became obsolete.

You can blame California governor Jerry Brown, a onetime Jesuit novitiate who wanted to become a Catholic priest. This week, Gov. Brown quietly signed Assembly Bill 2914, which prohibits any establishment with an alcohol license from...

"selling, offering, or providing a cannabis product that is an alcoholic beverage, including, but not limited to, an infusion of cannabis or cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp into an alcoholic beverage."

That's a fancy way of saying bars and restaurants can no longer add cannabidiols, non-psychoactive cannabis extracts commonly known as CBD, to cocktails.

There's been a boom in cannabis cocktails since since Prop. 64 went into effect in January, making recreational cannabis sales legal.

AB 2914 goes into effect immediately. Establishments that don't comply could have their licenses suspended or revoked.

Otium's Blue Dream cocktail, made with Rhum Clement VSOP, Casa Magdalena Rum, lime, vanilla orgeat, Giffard Blue Curacao and H. Hemp Company coconut CBD oil. (Photo by Caroline Hollingsworth)

One of the goals of the bill is to keep the alcohol and cannabis industries separate, according to MG Retailer, an online trade magazine for the cannabis industry: "Dispensaries are forbidden from selling any products that include alcohol and bars and liquor stores cannot sell any items that infused with any cannabinoids."

For the craft cocktail scene in Los Angeles, that means no more Pirate's Gold made with cachaça and Gold Flora CBD oil at Broken Shaker. No more Stoney Negroni or Rolled Fashioned at Gracias Madre. No more CBD-spiked Negronis at Otium. L'chaim.


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