Four arrested in Nebraska CBD case

A vaping shop in Nebraska has been shut down and the owners and two employees charged with crimes for selling cannabidiol, which Nebraska considers a controlled substance.

The arrests in Herman, about 35 miles north of Omaha, come two months after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson declared CBD products illegal because they haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Dec. 5 bust at DJ’s Vapes came after Washington County authorities got community reports that the shop was selling CBD along with tobacco products, according to the Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise.

The co-owners, a manager and an employee were arrested and face charges including conspiracy and possessing a controlled substance.

Authorities hinted at more arrests if CBD sales continue in Nebraska.

“To those people who continue to possess or purchase these items, they are on notice that we will enforce the laws of the state of Nebraska and prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” county prosecutor Scott Vander Schaaf told the newspaper.

Retailers across Nebraska have reported taking CBD off their shelves because of the attorney general’s decision. But the Herman arrests are thought to be the first Nebraska cases of criminal charges for selling CBD.

A North Dakota tobacco-shop owner faces similar charges in that state.


9 comments on “Four arrested in Nebraska CBD case
  1. Aaron Birnbaum on

    Only Congress can add a new substance to the Controlled Substances Act. How many other items are not on the FDA list? I hope they sue the crap out of them….

    • George Bianchini on

      I agree Aaron,

      WHO has released a report concluding that CBD has no potential for abuse or addiction.

      The United States is at odds with world governing bodies on quite a bit these days including trade agreements, the Paris Climate Accord, and now CBD.

      While our own Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) still categorizes CBD and cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic, on the same level of danger as heroin and LSD, the World Health Organization (WHO) feels differently.

      In a new report, WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, has concluded that CBD poses no threat of abuse or addiction. The report was released last month but is just making news this week as WHO came out and promoted its conclusion.

      According to Newsweek, WHO is not yet recommending CBD use but feels that “cannabidiol should not be scheduled for international control on the basis of current evidence, and that a fuller review will be carried out next year, when other cannabinoids are discussed.”

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      A spokesperson for WHO went further saying CBD “should not be scheduled for international control means that it should not be prohibited, at the international level, to produce and supply it for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research, given that WHO has not so far seen evidence of potential for abuse or harm from cannabidiol

      • Kara McCoy cbdqueen on

        The fda can’t even approve of cbds. It is not a food or a drug. Food and drug administration. More like we approve of things that kill people . Shoot half of our boxed foods at stores aren’t allowed in other countries because of the harmful ingredients!
        Where is our legislation and govenor on this? I am under the impression that the attorney general only makes recommendations and not the laws. If we truly want things to change vote from Kristy gabel for govenor. You will need to change your affiliation to Republican so you can vote in the primary!

  2. Chad on

    I live Indiana and being prosecuted for Cbd pills. The ag is giving 60 days to remove the products from shelves. I don’t understand how I Can be prosecuted before it was announced that it was illegal.

  3. Katelyn on

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

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