Rene Ray De La Cruz Staff Writer @DP_ReneDeLaCruz
HESPERIA — Boasting “nature’s cure” with industrial hemp-based products, the CBD Wellness Center is coming to town and it won’t be located in the city’s green zone.
Scheduled to open on Thursday, the wellness center will be centrally located on Main Street in Hesperia, where it currently advertises CBD-infused products such as water, oils, gummies, edibles, coffee, gel caps, tinctures, rubs, lotions, vapors and items for animals.
Owners Christopher and Carrie Malman said they’ve made it clear in all their advertising that they don’t sell marijuana, only “industrial hemp products with no THC.”
“The biggest problem in this growing industry is that many people are simply not educated when it comes to CBD, THC, cannabis and other related issues,” said Chris Malman, 51, who was stocking the new store on April 25 with his wife of 26 years.
Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks, which are used to create a number of edible and non-edible products. For cannabis to be legally considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC per dry weight. THC is the active compound in marijuana that causes its euphoric effect, Chris Malman said.
Apple Valley, Victorville and Hesperia originally denied the couple’s request to set up shop,