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Oregon Marijuana Shop Owners Plan to Open a CBD store in Boise Mall, Awaits Decision from Officials



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The Farm bill passed in December 2018 came as a hope for people who had been intending to enter into the business world with an amazingly great product. CBD or cannabinoid has gained immense popularity since it was removed from the list of the Controlled Substance Act by the federal law. CBD is popular for its potential heath benefits like reducing stress, anxiety, depression, pain, swelling, inflammation and many other severe ailments like cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Justin Long and his wife Jenny Long also entered into the CBD space with a new shop in Ontario, OR last month. According to 670 KBOI, they are also planning to add one more shop in Boise Towne Square. However, it’s far from a done deal. According to the Malheur Enterprise, the longs opened the Golden Nugget CBD store in Ontario on April 13th.

The couple also owns a marijuana dispensary and a coffee shop in Sumpter, a small town in Baker county. Justin Long told KBOI that he was just waiting to hear back from the Boise authorities and mall officials who are on board.

Long told KBOI that the mall’s position with respect to the shop was quite clear, they said that if the documents were signed off on by the Prosecutor or the BPD, they had no problems with it.

But Darren Howard with the mall owner Brookfield Properties, said no lease is signed, neither any decision is made.

Howard said that though CBD shops are opening in some of the Brookfield’s 161 centres across the country, the decision to open such a store in the Boise property will be made by taking into account the local needs in mind. Despite of CBD being a legal drug according to the federal law, many states and consumers have shown resistance in accepting it. The compound is famous for its health benefits, but a lot of people are awaiting the green flag from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is holding on to their decision for CBD infused edible products.

Howard said that ultimately the decision would be taken for the benefit of the local people, which boils down to evaluating what the consumers really want. There are two possible scenarios for this – understanding the needs of the buyers, identifying whether CBD is needed in the local community or not. Once both these evaluations are done, the officials can come to a final decision.

BPD Holds Back from Signing

Nonetheless, a vibe of restraint has been showing up from the police officials regarding this. A Boise Police Department spokesperson stated that such an approval isn’t something that they look forward for or promote.

Haley Williams, the public information officer of Boise Police Department said that they don’t sign off on any type of businesses like these and that BPD has not given the Golden Nugget any kind of opinion or approval. She also mentioned that the department would probably work on the backside if the business opened up and any complaints came in.

Williams added that if any problem is faced by the consumers or a complaint is filed against the store, they would investigate into the products that they are selling. According to the laws that apply, the police officials will then work with the prosecutor and determine what needs to be done.

Idaho Law about CBD Products

The Enterprise said that the Long’s Ontario shop sells CBD based products like hard candies, dog treats, capsules and other items. However, according to KBOI reports, the Boise store will only sell CBD based products that are free from THC, tetrahydro cannabinoid, the chemical compound which has psychoactive properties. THC is banned in many states for its nature, it tends to cause the ‘high’ that users feel while smoking pot and alters the state of mind.But CBD products are low in THC as they are derived from hemp plant, a cannabis genus plant with low traces of THC.

A 2015 opinion from the Idaho Attorney General said that for CBD products to be legal, they can not contain any amount of THC.

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CBD Crackdown Backed By the Attorney General



AG Backs CBD Crackdown

Leevin Camacho, Attorney General supports the recent crackdown on hemp-derived CBD products and has issued a statement regarding the issue. Since the 2018 Farm Bill passage, cannabidiol associated products have been on a rise in the market in various island stores across the nation.

The statement mentioned that the passage of the bill has given an impression that hemp has been legalized and that CBD containing products are decriminalized. Majority of the people believe that selling CBD is legal everywhere and anyone can do it. The Attorney General assures that “decriminalization does not mean there will not be any regulation.”

Guam Officials Question CBD Crackdown

The statement provided by the Attorney General was issued as a response to a letter delivered by the Guam Officials. Speaker Tina Muna Barnes and acting Gov. Josh Tenorio asked for a written statement on Monday from the Attorney General on his thoughts on the extent to which individuals and business can sell or import CBD products in Guam.

The letter was sent in response to local island businesses who issued complaints because their products containing CBD were seized by Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers. Director of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services Linda DeNorcey denied that her officials have rejected the release of products containing CBD because they “might contain THC and also because these products have not been screened by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.” DeNorcey stated that her department did not instruct CQA to confiscate any CBD containing products. Despite the Public Health department’s zero involvement, officials question the reasons behind CQA’s confiscation of these products.

CQA Director Tested Shipments

Ike Peredo, the Director of Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency mentioned to The Guam Daily Post that his officers did start testing some CBD products that arrived through air cargo shipments in February. These products were found to contain trace amounts of THC, the major component of the psychoactive marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law. Since THC is related to CBD, despite its non-psychoactive effects, CBD is classified as a drug. According to Camacho, the FDA can regulate these products containing CBD, most of which still require approval for interstate trade and commerce.

AG Concerned About Consumer Health

Camacho referred to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which observed that more than 70% of the products containing CBD which are usually bought online were not labeled properly. Thus, a consumer might as well be ingesting THC instead of CBD, which is still illegal. The AG said that his office is worried about consumer safety and that it’s his responsibility to ensure that the products contain the proper ingredients and are properly labeled.

By regulating these products, he wants to ensure that there is minimum harm done, and it may stop businesses from stating false claims about their products. The FDA had previously warned businesses about advertising CBD products as miracle cures to diseases such as cancers, anxiety, depression and other serious ailments.

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Do Pet CBD Supplements Really Work?



CBD Pets

The CBD Bandwagon has gathered such momentum that people are now even investing in CBD products for not only themselves but their pets as well. But how much of the presumed benefits of these products on their pets are legit? What should be the things that a pet-owner should be aware of? These are the questions asked by the Seattle Times with some collaboration with veterinary experts.

Pet CBD Products

With many of the CBD products available for people out there, there are CBD products available for dogs as well. Although the effectiveness of these products in animals is still in question, it’s definitely not doing anything to stop people from experimenting with their beloved animals with these products. While some of these products help the animals, others inadvertently lead to a waste of time and money in the best case scenario and cause harm to the animals in the worst (As seen in the experimentation with rats).

General Skepticism

Obviously, the grey lines in its usefulness will bring about a lot of controversies from different organizations and individuals; especially when CBD is gaining such popularity at such a rapid pace. While the supporters of CBD can blow it off as “haters hating”, the opposition does take these skepticisms as weapons to fuel their beliefs.

Actual Data from the Proper Sources

With arguments from both sides, it’s actually very easy to get lost amongst the truths and differentiate the myths from the facts. So, like the Seattle Times, we believe that the best way to get rid of these confusions is to refer to actual sources of knowledge and the unbiased statements from the experts in the field.

One such source, is PetMD, a pet-focused version of WebMD. It details everything, with clear details on the benefits as well as the side-effects of these “medications” on pets. Going through this source does reveal some alarming information about these products. However, they do also do not deny some of the perceived benefits that these products can have on dogs.

What to Do?

So, if CBD infused treats and medications for your pets come with both benefits and side-effects, what to do? The answer is simple: Moderation. According to the Seattle Times, experts did not completely discount the use of these products, but rather advised its users to use them with caution. They should refer to their better judgment when purchasing their products from different companies and only use the products that have demonstrated effectiveness rather than just assumed or self-proclaimed ones.

Nowadays, it’s easy to find products for your pets in stores and online, Vet CBD is a notable example. But not all of the sources might be able to provide what they claim to deliver. Some of these products might just be a dud, with little to no effects on your pets. While others might even go as far as to harm your pets. Regardless of which, your pet product is, it’s always safe to administer these products to your pets in moderation and after careful consideration of the sources.



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Payment and Compliance Companies Now Playing a Huge Role for CBD Products



Payments company CBD

Compliance issues among CBD products

CBD has faced a good amount of controversy surrounding its efficacy and abuse potential in the past. While it doesn’t give a high like marijuana or other THC-containing products, it’s been reported to help with pain and anxiety.

Nowadays, issues with payments and compliance are huge concerns in the cannabis industry, as well as other CBD-containing products. Among the issues are the exceeding amounts of CBD or THC in the products. For this issue, LegitScript comes into the rescue. They are an online service that verifies and monitors online pharmacies.

They have since launched a program that certifies websites selling CBD products that are legally compliant. As of today, USDA, FDA, and DEA- approved U.S. manufacturers and traders can apply for certification via LegitScript. Currently, the site provides a 10-page introduction regarding marijuana laws and regulations. It aims to help people understand the state restrictions and payment processes involving medical marijuana.

Having the LegitScript certification gives consumers and banks assurance that CBD merchants are compliant with state-specific laws, as well as regulations provided by various U.S. agencies. Even though cannabinoid or CBD-containing products have been made legal in the U.S., some products that contain THC in more than legal amounts are still illegal. This is why it has become difficult to pinpoint which merchants are selling compliant products.

CBD payments made easy

Even though the CBD industry has its regulation difficulties, major companies like Target and Walmart have been reported to be having discussions with CBD manufacturers. Many are also asking for lab and research results on top of CBD samples.

With this, the fact that the CBD industry is increasingly growing is undeniable anymore. Thus, digital payment companies such as Square, have gone into the CBD industry by providing access to basic financial services. This happened just when Elavon recently backed out from CBD companies.

A year after the legalization of CBD in the U.S., Square has stepped in to give businesses in the CBD industry a good financial service that makes it easier to process payments.

A growing industry

It’s been reported that over 7 percent of Americans are using products that contain CBD as of February. Cowen & Co. surveyed 2,500 adults and have found that the CBD market would be worth over $16 billion by 2025. Meanwhile, in a study by Vivien Azer, analyst, there are over 2.7% more people who use CBD more than e-cigarettes. Because of the rapidly growing industry, more people would definitely be in need of safer and more efficient payment options. In the future, more research will back up most of CBD’s health claims, thus attracting more attention from consumers. There will come a time that these certification programs will be a necessity amongst many consumers.

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