A couple days ago SouthFlorida.com broke a story that two South Florida breweries had received cease and desists from the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the Federal Government to stop production of beers containing marijuana terpenes. This rather new practice has been going on for a number of months and has resulted in more than a handful of breweries releasing beers using these oils to give a weed like aroma and flavor to their beers. It should be noted that these oils do not contain any cannabinoids what so ever, so you are not getting a high.
News of Devour Brewing (Boynton Beach) and Invasive Species (Fort Lauderdale) receiving letters from Uncle Sam’s booze regulating branch immediately sent people into a stir. Many claiming for big brother to stay out of people’s lives because of the lack of THC while others congratulating the government on restricting use of something that has the word marijuana in it. Unfortunately many people on both sides of the argument are missing the point when it boils down to things. The TTB did not C&D these breweries because of marijuana terpenes. They sent cease and desists because terpenes are not an approved ingredient in brewing.