CBD confusion mounts in Iowa as police seize goods but don’t always test for THC

Iowa police who’ve been seizing CBD products off store shelves have in some cases not been testing them to see if they contain illegal THC, adding to the confusion surrounding cannabidiol’s legal status in the state.

Authorities have seized oils, lotions and candies containing CBD in at least two jurisdictions, the Des Moines Register reported.

Some seizures have been from stores in eastern Iowa, while others have been northwest of Des Moines.

CBD proponents argue the products were derived from legal hemp. Authorities disagree.

“CBD products seized in the investigation are marijuana under Iowa law. It is illegal to possess or distribute them,” Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren said in a statement.

But he also acknowledged that authorities who seized CBD products from five stores in Muscatine did not request testing for all the items taken.

The shop owners selling CBD have said the products contained legal extracts from hemp.

One store owner said she checked with local police before carrying a CBD product, was told it was fine and then watched authorities seize the product less than a month later.

“I just want it to be clear: What’s legal and what’s not legal?” Carrie Bluml, owner of the Nature Ammil store in Carroll, told the Register.

The newspaper reported that stores throughout Iowa, including health-food outlets and vape shops, are selling unregulated CBD products.

Iowa law limits marijuana-derived CBD to certain medical patients, but the law doesn’t address CBD extracted from hemp.

A manufacturer of some of the products seized criticized police for not knowing about the CBD they seized.

“It’s unfortunate law-enforcement authorities aren’t taking proper steps to determine the legality of these products,” Josh Hendrix, director of business development for Las Vegas-based CV Sciences, told the Register.