Leading California Medical Marijuana Oil Maker Busted

Leading California Medical Marijuana Oil Maker Busted

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Police, including DEA agents, raided five properties associated with a well-known medical marijuana products manufacturer in Northern California’s Sonoma County Wednesday morning, detaining at least nine people and arresting one on suspicion of felony drug manufacture for his role in cannabis oil production. Although medical marijuana has been legal in the state since voters approved it two decades ago, it was only last year that the legislature moved to bring state-wide regulation to the rapidly growing industry, and that won’t actually happen until 2018. In the meantime, medical marijuana businesses are operating in a sphere of unsettled legality where, as California NORML put it in an email alert about the raids, "there’s plenty of gray area to generate busts between now and then. The operation raided was Care By Design (CBD Guild), which produces CBD-rich cannabis oils for use in sprays, gels, and cannabis oil cartridges for vaporizers. The company offers products with five different ratios of CBD to THC so "patients can adjust their cannabis medicine to suit their specific conditions and personal preferences."CBD (cannabidiol) is more sought after for medicinal purposes; THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid that gets you high.Santa Rosa Police spokesman Lt. Mike Lazzarini told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat that a hundred Santa Rosa police, Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies, and DEA agents raided the operations because they were using illegal and hazardous production methods—producing the oil with the use of butane, which is a fire and explosion hazard, and which is forbidden under state law. "From a law enforcement standpoint this is not a legal process when it involves processes that are dangerous," Lazzarini said. The police spokesman also said that Care By Design’s facilities were in violation of Santa Rosa municipal codes and not properly permitted. Care By Design, which is […]

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