As law enforcement weighs in, Lubbock CBD shop confident in products
A lively debate has started in the region recently regarding how Texas law views CBD products, and now advocates are speaking out against the confusion.
The Seminole Police Department recently released a statement on CBD oils and cannabis-infused products, warning citizens and businesses that the products will be penalized whether they have THC in them or not. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes the “high,” and is typically not found in CBD products.
“Due to the wording in the current state law, CBD oil with even a trace of THC can be filed on as a felony Penalty two group substance and, without THC, can be filed as a misdemeanor,” said SPD on Facebook. “The 2018 Farm Bill does allow the cultivation of hemp, but only certain CBD compounds have been approved to be used for ‘prescribed medical use.’”
SPD added that they are awaiting to see what state lawmakers will do next with CBD. As for Lubbock law enforcement, where there are several stores solely for CBD products and others that carry them on the shelves, the focus is more on ensuring there is no THC being used in any concentration.
The Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying they haven’t received any CBD cases for prosecution, however they will continue to assess the law and facts presented when deciding on prosecution.
The Lubbock Police Department also stressed that the illegal compound is THC, but for citizens to do diligent research.
″[LPD] encourages community members to do their research and know the law before making purchases,” reads a Lubbock police statement to A-J Media. “If it contains THC, it is illegal. Despite what a label might say, if it tests positive for THC, you could be held liable for possession of an illegal substance.”
While the warnings may have scared some people away from trying CBD, shop owners are confident that there are no illegal substances in the products they carry.
“The problem with CBD in Texas is a misunderstanding of what the law actually says and vague wording of the law as it currently is,” said John Jeppson, co-owner of Hemp Maiden in Lubbock. “Nowhere in the Texas Controlled Substance Act, Constitution, or statutes does it even mention CBD, let along make it illegal. [The Act] does reference cannabinol, but that is not CBD. Cannabinol is a different compound found in cannabis known as CBN. THC, CBD, and CBD are three very different compounds and I think this causes some confusion.”
Jeppson will be opening a Hemp Maiden shop on April 7 with his wife, Jennifer, where they will carry CBD, but mostly hemp products. The couple says they are confident their products don’t have THC, and that consumers won’t stop using what helps their medical needs.
“Many of our customers are people who were traveling to Colorado to get medical marijuana itself, so a lot of our customer base has already made that decision that they’re going to use it no matter what,” said Jennifer Jeppson. “We are really optimistic for the future. Unfortunately, some of our legislators are way behind in awareness of the benefits, but they’re slowly catching up.”