Minardi said he was in the process of filing a lawsuit against several law enforcement agencies, including TPD.
Minardi, who is also the chairman of Regulate Florida and a cannabis industry advocate, said he has been working with TPD for several months and has offered to take products off the shelves investigators feel may be illegal.
The products being sold at Natural Life and other places like it across Florida are required to come with a certificate of analysis, confirming what compounds they contain, where they are cultivated and potency if applicable. They often certify whether a product falls under the category of non-euphoric hemp or medical marijuana.
“The analysis that law enforcement has been taking throughout the state is contrary to federal law, case law and the rights of people in this state,” Minardi said.
Cannabidiol or CBD oil has natural anti-anxiety effects, anti-seizure effects, anti-tumor effects, anti-inflammatory effects and can be used to battle a host of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
TPD spokeswoman Rachelle Denmark could not confirm or deny a search and seizure took place saying only “it is an active case.”
Petrick noted that a sign on the storefront clearly states that Natural Life is not a medical marijuana treatment center.
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CBD does not contain THC, so it does not give users the “high.” While it’s available over the counter, it’s still controversial.
“I don’t know when I’m going to be able to open things back up,” said Rogers. “So it’s definitely something that’s helping me right now, just stay calm and collected through all this is taking CBD.”
According to Dr. Moore there are medicinal benefits to CBD products, but he cautions it’s not for everyone.
“CBD are great medicines for the right patient,” said Dr. Mark Moore, with MEDCAN. “It is a medicine, and when used properly it’s very effective.”
In Thursday’s “We’re Open” segment, we learn how a CBD shop owner is offering TLC to customers and the community.