Law enforcement officials are reminding Spencer businesses that it’s illegal to sell products containing cannabidiol without a license.
And there are only five licensed businesses in the state, none of which are in Spencer.
Officials this week issued a press release with information about the products, which contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton said law enforcement believe a couple of businesses in town have been selling CBD products.
He said they may have received incorrect information about the products’ legality.
“There was some misinformation (out there) that we felt was by a distributor,” Warburton said.
Officials this week issued a press release with information about the products.
Under state law, medical cannabidiol can only be dispensed to patients who have registration cards for the product. The substance can be used for physical and mental ailments.
Anyone in possession without a registration card or selling CBD products without a license is asked to destroy or get rid of the products.
Here’s the full press release:
Local law enforcement agencies have recently and increasingly received questions from the public and businesses regarding the legality of businesses and individuals selling products containing cannabidiol oil, or “CBD oil”. In an effort to educate and bring awareness to this issue, the Spencer Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Clay County Attorney’s Office provide the following information. We appreciate your ongoing efforts to protect our community and follow the laws prescribed to allow for the safe and legal distribution of controlled substances.
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Under Iowa Code section 124E.2, medical cannabidiol is any pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid found in the plant Cannabis sativa L. or Cannabis indica, or any other preparation thereof that has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level of no more than 3 percent and that is delivered in a form recommended by the medical cannabidiol board, approved by the board of medicine, and adopted by the Iowa Department of Public Health pursuant to administrative rule.
Current approved forms of CBD by the Department of Public Health include capsules, tincture, and creams. Additional forms, to include flower, edibles and vaporizable, are not approved at this time.
Who can purchase Cannabidiol?
Medical cannabidiol can only be dispensed to patients who are legally issued a medical cannabidiol registration card for certain physical and mental ailments.
Can businesses or residents legally sell Cannabidiol in Clay County?
No. The Iowa Department of Public Health has granted licenses to five secure dispensing facilities in the State of Iowa:
– MedPharm – Windsor Heights
– MedPharm – Sioux City
– Have a Heart – Council Bluffs
– Iowa Cannabis Company – Waterloo
– Have a Heart – Davenport
As of December 1, 2018, these licensees are the only businesses who may dispense CBD only to individuals who have been issued a cannabidiol registration card. Any business or individual selling or distributing CBD without proper licensure faces potential prosecution under Iowa law.
What happens now?
Persons or businesses currently in possession of CBD products without proper licensure should promptly and securely destroy such products or remove them from their possession.
Feature photo: Examples of CBD oil products. (Photo via Pexels)