Cannabis Oil Openly Sold by Iowa Stores Without State Permits, Despite Legal Questions

Iowans who want to buy cannabis oil to treat a range of ailments don’t have to wait a year for state officials to set up a tightly regulated distribution system – because versions of the products already are for sale on store shelves.

State and federal officials say the oils, known as cannabidiol or CBD, are marijuana products that shouldn’t be sold in unregulated stores. “It’s illegal,” said Andrew Funk, executive director of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Police in two towns have recently seized products from store shelves.

Despite such warnings, several Iowa businesses continue to openly sell CBD products, including oils, caplets and creams. Store owners and their out-of-state suppliers say the oil is extracted from hemp plants that were bred to have extremely low levels of THC, the chemical that recreational marijuana users seek. They say hemp is related to marijuana, but is not the same. “It’s not about getting high. It’s not about getting stoned. It’s about having a better quality of life,” said Kim Loeffler, owner of the Corner Store Apothecary in Cedar Rapids.

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