When lawmakers passed the Nebraska Hemp Act, the local business community was thrown into confusion because it wasn’t clear whether CBD was legal to sell or not. Currently, each county has its own opinion on the matter, and this has caused one small business owner to make the hard decision to open his CBD business in one county and not another where he would have preferred to set up shop.
Chris Potratz, an Air Force veteran, is a strong believer in the medicinal effects of CBD. He says that he used to suffer from a lot of pain and anxiety, but this cannabinoid helped him to minimize those health challenges.
Potratz therefore decided to open a CBD business in Blair City, Washington County. However, when he notified the city council, law enforcement and the mayor of his plans, he was told that his business would be shut down immediately.
The prosecutors in Washington County insist that CBD is a controlled substance, and that was why the mayor and law enforcement in Blair City told the business owner that his establishment would be closed if he opened it.
Chris Potratz decided to cross county lines and set up his CBD business in Douglas County where the prosecutors don’t see CBD as an illegal substance, at least for now or until the attorney general of the state writes guidance that defines how law enforcement should regard CBD shops and the products that they sell.
While Potratz is happy that his business is slated to open on October 1 in Benson, his first choice of location was Blair because that city has a large population of disabled people and veterans that he had wanted to help.
However, the overzealousness of the prosecutors in Washington County forced his hand though he still hopes to open another shop there one day. Washington County prosecutors have so far made three futile attempts to charge an owner of a vape shop in Herman. Each of those three cases was thrown out by the judges, but the prosecutors seem unfazed in their determination to go after CBD businesses.
Potratz’s situation highlights what members of the business community face in different states where the law isn’t clear regarding the status of CBD. For example, each county in Texas decided on its own how it would deal with sellers of CBD after hemp was legalized and it became hard to prosecute marijuana cases.
Analysts believe that CBD industry participants like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) will be relieved when the FDA releases its CBD rules and the industry gets some uniformity in the way CBD is regulated in different states.
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