The CBD products are back at Into the Mystic, Eddie Smith’s shop in downtown Mission. And this time it looks like they’re back to stay.
It was just about a year ago when local police came into Smith’s shop and confiscated everything that contained CBD, or cannabidiol, a marijuana extract that people who are into alternative medicine use for a variety of maladies.
At the time, Smith said he thought the law on CBD was unclear. Now, thanks to lobbying by Smith’s customers and others like them, it is clear: Anyone can possess, use or sell CBD in the state, as long as it contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high.
“It has been a roller coaster,” Smith said.
The Kansas Legislature voted at the end of April to exclude CBD with no THC from the the state’s definition of marijuana, effectively making it an unrestricted substance.
The state’s decision to dip its toe into the shallowest end of the medical marijuana pool came with surprisingly little resistance. Only three House members voted against it. No senators did.
The raid on Smith’s shop was one of the catalysts for change.
Smith was one of several Kansas City-area merchants selling CBD products made with trace amounts of THC. They believed it was legal