The latest answer to the ongoing question of whether shops in the Kansas City area can sell cannabidiol or CBD, is a resounding “no” on the Kansas side.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, in an opinion released last week, wrote that it’s illegal in Kansas to sell or possess any product with CBD, a marijuana derivative, even if it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high.
That puts Eddie Smith, who has been selling CBD oil out of a shop in downtown Mission for about a year, in the crosshairs of law enforcement.
“I’m just kind of freaking out,” Smith said Wednesday.
Some Kansas residents who use CBD products were also perturbed.
CBD is sold in powders, pills, oils and lotions as an herbal supplement. People use it for a variety of maladies, although there’s been little scientific study of its health benefits.
Prairie Village resident Julie Cook said topical CBD products ease pain caused by her multiple sclerosis. She said word of Schmidt’s opinion spread quickly on social media, and she and other users are concerned they could be targeted by law enforcement.
“I’m a very productive member of society and I’m not interested in getting stoned,” said Cook, a college instructor. “I just want to not have pain.”
Schmidt’s opinion is not