Officials crack down on CBD in South Carolina beach community

Warning that “people are overdosing” on the product, authorities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, announced plans to seize CBD and test it for traces of THC.

The plan was announced this week at a city council meeting after a presentation by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Maj. Frank O’Neal, according to Myrtle Beach TV station WMBF.

“We’re having problems across the country where people are overdosing because there is no regulation as to what is actually in the containers they sell as CBD oil,” O’Neal said.

The crackdown comes as South Carolina is expanding the number of licensed hemp farmers, from 20 this year to 40 in 2019.

South Carolina legalized CBD in 2014, but only for people with severe types of epilepsy. Medical CBD is limited to 0.9% THC in South Carolina, three times the federal legal limit for hemp.

Nonmedical CBD products sold over the counter in South Carolina must contain 0% THC.

One retailer who attended the Myrtle Beach meeting said he doesn’t oppose police testing his products.

“I believe a lot of the health concern is … synthetic CBD” rather than THC, said David Spang, owner of Coastal Green Wellness in Myrtle Beach.