But the Department of Public Health forced Downing to shut down a previous store, and the Boston Police Department told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones that it is “looking into the legality” of the newest operation.
“But I know I’m doing the right thing and I’m doing it for the right reasons. I’m doing it for the patients here in the state and I really don’t care about the bureaucracies trying to stop me because they’re immoral. And because the public does not support them.”
Downing, meanwhile, argues that cannabidiol (CBD) is the medically active ingredient in hemp and it is not an intoxicant. He does not have a medical marijuana license.
IN STORE: Bill Downing says the pot products in his Allston store, CBD Please, aren’t illegal because they contain CBD, not THC.
Massachusetts regulations require licenses for anyone selling or providing medical marijuana products.
(Boston, MA, 12/01/14) Bill Downing, president of CBD Please, is seen in his Allston storefront on Monday, December 01, 2014. Staff photo by Christopher Evans