A company that sells CBD food products, lotions, oils, pain relievers and other products extracted from hemp is seeking permission to open a store in Naperville.
David Palatnik, who owns nine CBD Kratom stores in Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Los Angeles, said the market for such items is expanding because they are nature-based products.
“Hemp is something used for years. It is not psychoactive. It doesn’t get you high. CBD or cannabidiol is extracted from hemp. Our shops specialize in it,” Palatnik told the Naperville Liquor Commission at a recent meeting.
Mayor Steve Chirico said the liquor commission will make a recommendation on the store, proposed for Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Naperville, because the city has the authority to reject businesses that sell “restricted products,” like CBD.
“If the CBD product line is considered safe, we’d recommend it to council,” said Chirico, who heads the commission.
Commissioner Joe Vozar expressed concern that CBD edibles are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Palatnik said there’s a political reason for that.
“The FDA doesn’t want to approve CBD because of the marijuana industry, and they tie it together,” he said. “You can sell products not approved by the FDA.”
CBD is misunderstood because it is often sold in stores that cater to marijuana users,