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The Hazy Science of CBD
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October 27, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

As governments and regulatory bodies loosen their rules on hemp-related products, including the legalization of marijuana, the cannabidiol, or CBD, market has grown at remarkably high rates. One projection by BDS analytics and Arcview Market Research puts the overall CBD market at $20 billion by 20241. Combining the CBD market with the legal marijuana market, projections by BDS hit $45 billion2. Industries affected by the legalization of cannibus-related products include cosmetics, food and beverage, and jewelry and pharmaceuticals, and with the rapid expansion of this market, a large section of the US economy will be involved in CBD use or production by 2024.

As of 2019, many channels of CBD distribution are untracked – driven by small dispensaries and independent cannabis farmers who are typically missed by USDA and USFDA regulations as a result of loopholes in the Farm Bill of 2014, thereby posing a potential threat to consumers. Legal CBD can be extracted or purified from hemp variations of Cannabis sativa plants, whereas marijuana variations of Cannabis sativa, which also produce CBD, are currently outlawed for consumer use by the Federal government. Legal hemp plants are not regulated federally and consumer products from these plants are often not regulated at any level, leading to potential safety issues for consumers.

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The Updated Guide to Running a Safe Restaurant During COVID-19

October 2020 via QSR Magazine
In terms of what’s new, there’s a fresh section on preparing workplaces, which addresses layouts and ventilation. There’s also additional guidelines on when and where face coverings should be worn in the restaurant, as well as how to address employee personal hygiene and health, and updates on front-of-house glove use and considerations when a worker is exposed to COVID.
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New Online Accessibility Act Introduced To Congress

October 13, 2020 via Georgia Restaurant Assocation

As lawsuits over Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility on websites and mobile apps became increasingly common — including a high-profile case involving Domino’s, which went to the Supreme Court in October 2019 — Congress has just introduced the bipartisan-supported Online Accessibility Act, which would extend the legislative breadth of the ADA. Under this extension, businesses would have to make their websites accessible to visually impaired users.
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US States’ Small Business Support Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

October 13, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

We analyzed and ranked the level of support states offer small businesses. How likely your business is to survive the pandemic can be heavily influenced by where it is located.
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Effective Risk Mitigation Strategies for Restaurants
September 2020 via QSR Magazine

Restaurants in the U.S. grapple with a range of unique risks each day. These risks can be heavily impacted by implementing best practices within their recruiting, screening, onboarding, and training of new team members. The following is a review of daily exposures restaurant operators face and best practices to follow to reduce risk.

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