The Plymouth vape shop raided by police this week was found to be selling CBD ‘buds’, according to a local newspaper.
The Plymouth Herald today published an update on the story, saying CBD buds or hemp flowers were among the products seized from the VIP Vapers shop under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
While CBD e-liquids can be sold freely, the legal status of flowers and buds remains a contentious issue.
Trevor Dodd of thcfreeweed.com who supplied the products to the shop, said:
“We import CBD flowers from Switzerland and other countries, we wholesale it and have a shop where we sell CBD-related products, which are totally, 100 percent legal in the UK. What we’re hoping is that the police realise they were ill-informed and don’t understand CBD is not a prohibited substance. We hope they understand the action they took was misguided and wrong.”
However, the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) believes that suppliers of CBD flowers are misinterpreting the laws governing the sale of products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
A spokesperson for the organisation said:
“Full flower or bud is illegal unless processed legally by a licensed company. This means that hemp from a field is deseeded and the remnants of the bud can then be sold as it is no longer defined as cannabis in UK law.”
Many people confuse the 0.2 percent THC level that defines hemp from marijuana and believe that this is the threashhold for legal sale but in fact any product on the marketplace today that has more than 1mg of THC is illegal.
Ashley Cole, the owner of the raided shop, got in touch with Vapouround the day after the raid and added to what he had told the local media:
“There have been some clear unlawful actions we still sell are [sic] products at www.cbdlabsuk.com They even allowed us to refill our store just hours later and haven’t returned. Please check the Vaping with Twitch page as we challenged them.”