CDPH warns against hemp-infused soda Mary Jones

Mary Jones contains THC, prohibited by state law.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning about a hemp-infused soda named Mary Jones, which has been found to contain prohibited tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) isolate ingredients. 

This mislabeling and inclusion of prohibited intoxicating ingredients pose a significant risk to consumers.


Driving the news: Despite industrial hemp products being legal in California, they are not permitted to contain THC isolates as stipulated by state law. 

  • Lab testing confirmed that Mary Jones sodas are mislabeled and violate state law by containing Delta-9 THC isolate.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed CDPH and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to issue notices addressing the sale and distribution of illegal hemp products, prioritizing the health and safety of Californians. 
  • The state is actively working to ensure compliance with existing laws and protect the public, particularly youth, from potentially harmful hemp-infused products.
  • The CDPH is collaborating with other departments to locate, test, and remove these products, while also partnering with local health jurisdictions to educate the public about these items and what steps to take if they encounter or have consumed them.

What they’re saying: “California simply will not tolerate the distribution and sale of unsafe, mislabeled and illegal products that put the health of the public at risk,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, Dr. Tomás J. Aragón. “We continue to work with partners across the state to help protect our communities, especially our youth, from illegal hemp products.”

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