Customers buying items containing hemp-derived products like cannabidiol may have greater confidence about what they are actually getting under a new law sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Endwell. 

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The Hemp Extract Bill was signed into law this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo, setting standards for the manufacturing and labeling of CBD products.

Lupardo says the measure helps level the playing field for growers, producers and manufacturers while letting consumers get better information about what is in CBD products like supplements and personal care items.

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The new law will also set standards backed by testing and labeling requirements as the industry takes off in New York and other parts of the country.

Lupardo has long led the push in New York to start and support the commercial hemp industry.  The Democrat spearheaded the effort in 2014 to legalize the growing of hemp in New York, four years before the crop was made legal at the federal level.

Meanwhile, Associated Press reports a day after downstate prosecutors dropped criminal charges in a case highlighting continued confusion over hemp, marijuana and what is legal, Brooklyn brothers are suing New York City and the police department following the arrest of one of the men.

Ronen Levy was arrested November 2 and 106 pounds of hemp plants seized.

Oren and Ronen Levy filed notice of claim December 11 saying the ordeal tarnished their reputation and threatened their livelihood selling CBD.

The New York City Police Department has said it will review any lawsuit that is filed.