The gummy candies — which Cummings said she recently purchased for about $11 at a Minooka gas station she declined to identify — contained cannabidiol, or CBD, a cannabis byproduct that unlike THC, the plant’s principal psychoactive compound, doesn’t produce a marijuana high. Cummings pointed to the candies as proof that pot-infused products are too easily accessible and argued they pose potential dangers to children.
“This is a CBD gummy, it’s an edible,” Cummings said, holding up the pack of candies. “CBD is CBD. It’s marijuana. It’s supposed to be with dispensaries, not in our local gas stations. … Is this going to be in our
Arguing that edible products containing marijuana extracts should be banned countywide, Cummings motioned to pass a resolution that effect Wednesday.
“I’m going to make a motion to ban edibles from this county,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s legal. I don’t know if can be done. But I’m making that motion and I would like a second please, for the safety of our children.”
After the meeting, Cummings argued that it’s illegal to sell CBD products because they are derived from marijuana, which the federal government considers a Schedule I controlled substance. Nonetheless, the company that produced the candies,
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same species of plant, cannabis sativa, but hemp lacks the psychoactive effects. The farm bill opened the door to limited legal growth of industrial hemp, which by definition contains less than three-tenths of 1 percent of THC, according to the state
Still, CBD products occupy a legal “gray area,” said
“Obviously CBD products are being sold all over this country every single day,” McBride said. “There’s also a lot of debate of whether it’s legal or not. … If the end product has (less than 0.3 percent THC) you can make a very strong case that it’s legal.”
In any event, McBride rejected the idea that gas stations are selling candy that gets people high.
“That’s not marijuana,” she said. “They are not selling marijuana at a mini mart.”
CBD products sold over the counter at mini marts, gas stations and similar establishments are derived from industrial hemp and don’t get the user high, Kruger said.
After Wednesday’s meeting,
And while she didn’t eat any of the CBD candies, Cummings is convinced they can produce psychoactive, intoxicating effects.
“I’m telling you … it gets you high,” she said.
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