COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, is becoming more readily available across the U.S., but regulations vary from state to state, and one local CBD business owner’s products were recently confiscated.
Mark Cornelius is the owner of a small CBD business in Southern Colorado. His products were confiscated at the end of last month during a traffic stop in Arizona.
“I went down through New Mexico because I wasn’t exactly positive of the Utah laws on hemp right now. I know New Mexico is legal, Arizona follows it, Nevada follows the Farm Bill, so traveling that way, I was assuming I was legal,” Cornelius said.
He says he was traveling from Las Vegas and had merchandise with him in case he had to fulfill online orders, but instead, those items were taken by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers.
A report from the Arizona DPS lists all the products seized, which adds up to about 20 items.
“My cost is somewhere between the [$4,000] and $5,000 mark,” he said.
Cornelius isn’t necessarily upset with the way law enforcement handled his case, but he says it’s proof legislation needs to be more clear.
“Since the federal [government] has done it, it’s just a matter of each state legislature taking the time to go in and rewrite their individual law to make it easier,” Cornelius said.
Congress legalized hemp production nationwide last year, but states are now working on their own rules to handle the growing industry.
It’s something they’ll have to do sooner rather than later with economists predicting a $22 billion industry by 2022.
“I just want clarification and education,” Cornelius said.
Arizona State Patrol says Cornelius’ case will go to the DEA for testing.
The test will reveal whether the products are legal, meaning under 0.03% in THC. If they are, Cornelius will get his products back.
According to our ABC affiliate in Arizona, law enforcement agencies in the state seem to have a consensus; CBD is legal depending on the source of the chemical compound and the amount of THC.
While in Colorado, it’s legal as long as it contains less than 0.03% of THC.