MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A plant that looks and smells like marijuana has found its way onto store shelves in Minnesota. The CBD flower is derived from hemp. It is the latest product that claims to help with everything from anxiety to seizures.
Inside Hideaway in Dinkytown, you’ll find pots full of CBD flowers. There are different flavors to choose from like Sour Tsunami and Cannatonic. A boat is announced as a Minnesota fact. And they sell pre-laminated boards.
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“I went in looking for CBD oil and they actually had what looked like marijuana, big marijuana tanks for sale and I was amazed,” said Wade Thomas of Arden Hills.
So what’s the difference?
Thomas couldn’t tell. Put hemp CBD flowers and marijuana buds side by side and it’s hard to see what sets them apart.
Wally Sakallah owns the flower shop.
“It’s like a hemp flower. I mean it looks real like marijuana, it smells, it tastes, the only thing is its effect. It has no effect. He doesn’t have the psychoactive, “Sakallah said.
However, CBD hemp critics argue that products, including flowers, are not regulated or legal.
In a statement, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy wrote, “Nothing in state or federal law allows the sale of any hemp-derived product for human or animal consumption.”
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Law enforcement, however, says there is nothing in the books about it.
“We are running a business. This is not like the street market or the black market. This is a real business, we follow the law,” Sakallah said, adding that there is a growing demand for flowers above CBD or other products.
“People are like, okay, I’d like to have the real flower instead of the real processing stuff to make sure these are the real stuff,” Sakallah said.
And he knows that the more problems there are, the more problems could arise.
“I feel bad for law enforcement … what do they say? Sakalah said.
Thomas said he uses CBD oils for muscle aches and joint problems, but said he will not risk flowers.
“It smells like weeds, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable with it in the car, so if they stop you, there could be some problems. it smells like weeds, but it has no THC, “said Thomas.
Sakallah reports that police stopped one of his employees with CBD flowers. It took a while, but the officer finally let the worker go.
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The Minnesota Pharmacy Council warns that hemp-derived products may contain small amounts of THC and users may test positive when tested for drugs.