Wyoming threats force Kroger affiliate, another local grocer to pull CBD products

A Colorado-based grocer backed by national chain Kroger has removed CBD products from one of its stores in Wyoming after warnings from police.

Lucky’s Market – a Boulder, Colorado, company that partners with Cincinnati-based Kroger – and Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe took the CBD off their shelves in Jackson Hole after they were threatened with criminal penalties if they continued selling them.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation told the stores the products were illegal, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported.

State regulators argued that some of the products tested positive for THC, marijuana’s intoxicating cannabinoid.

One of the brands taken off shelves belongs to CV Sciences, a Las Vegas CBD manufacturer.

“We will address this like any issue with our lobbyists and attorneys,” said Josh Hendrix, director of business development at CV Sciences. “It should be an easy conversation. But we need clear-cut legislation.”

Hendrix disagrees with Wyoming authorities on the product’s legality.

“We don’t get our products from marijuana,” he told the News & Guide. “This has happened enough times that the misinterpretation gives us an opportunity to educate.”

Lucky’s Market said it took CBD products off shelves last week.

“We’ve pulled the products in a gesture of good faith,” Lucky’s store director Chris Martinez told the Jackson Hole newspaper.

The specialty grocer has roughly 30 stores in 11 states, making it one of the largest multistate retailers to carry CBD.

Lucky’s Market received an infusion of cash from Kroger in 2016, fueling its expansion into new markets.

The Division of Criminal Investigation told the News & Guide that agents have been collecting CBD around Wyoming since late last year and that an investigation continues into CBD’s legality.

“They are wasting their time,” Hendrix told the newspaper. “This is a very disruptive thing.

“Cannabis has been demonized for so long. I’ve grown hemp on my farm. You can’t get high off it.”


5 comments on “Wyoming threats force Kroger affiliate, another local grocer to pull CBD products
  1. anthony meeks on

    I was the first person to be arrested in Saratoga, Wyoming and charged with felony possession of CBD hemp oil in September 2017. Due to atrocious counsel I accepted an Alford plea that rendered me a felon for life. I spent 210 days in their gulag. (I was also charged with a second bogus felony.)

    Stay OUT of Wyoming my friends. The state ranks #1 in suicides and #2 in highest incarceration rate in the nation. This is where mild mannered Matthew Shepard was beaten like a dog and left to die tied to a fence. They relish their ‘cowboy’ image but in fact their law enforcement are more akin to highway bandits and predators. Boycott Wyoming.

    Wyoming is like the poor jealous idiot cousin to super-cool wealthy Colorado to the south. They are more than pissed that Colorado brings in nearly 1 billion $ in tax monies from cannabis sales while Wyoming can’t meet their budget from year to year.

    The cop who arrested me, Robert Bifano, was sued in 2010 for allowing an AWOL soldier to walk free and not be arrested. The soldier six days later murdered his own wife.)

  2. pure cbd oil on

    Looking at the legal issues of marijuana, you will discover some interesting things.
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  3. Angela Ellis on

    This is the result of ignorance at its best. Holding on to misconceptions and untruths, but its a red state deep in denial of its alcohol problem. Out dated and out of their minds.

  4. Matt Drake on

    It seems that the former Saratoga, WY Police Thief Robert “I Hate Legalized CBD Hemp Oil” Bifano has been SUED for a second time. This time he’s violated someone’s civil rights and he’s facing a lawsuit in Federal Court this year. A high powered law firm in Jackson has taken the case.

    Oh by the way, Bifano was recently DEMOTED from Chief to patrol officer.

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