This just in: Charges filed in Rutherford County, TN against over 20 merchants of CBD products are likely to be dropped because authorities cannot prove that the CBD contained in them was derived from illegal marijuana rather than lawful industrial hemp. As I recently reported about “Operation Candy Crush”, I had a frustrating conversation with the prosecutor in charge of the the case shortly after the charges were filed. (One of my client’s lawful products was confiscated in the seizure.) He had no idea about industrial hemp, the Source Rule, or even about CBD. (The Sheriff contended at the press conference following the bust that people buy CBD “to get high”.) It sounds like the prosecutor has taken the time to learn the law, something that should have happened long before he and other law enforcement officers raided these businesses and formally charged innocent people of a crime.
You can watch a short news clip on this development here.