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Alaska regulators raid pot stores over cannabidiol oil sales

By KTVA / AP 5:06 PM February 9, 2017

Last updated at 6:07 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9

Alaska marijuana regulators raided several retail pot shops that appeared to be selling oil made from marijuana plants in violation of state law.

The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, in a Thursday release, said enforcement officers seized items from several stores in the state that contained cannabidiol oil and appeared to be offered for sale.

Today, enforcement officers of the Alcohol and Marijuana Enforcement Office seized items from several retail stores across the state containing CBD (cannabidiol) oil that appear to be offered for sale in violation of several provisions of AS 17.38, including requirements for testing, packaging, and labeling.

Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive. But the office says such oils fall outside the scope of current state law.

The office declined to provide more specifics, citing an ongoing investigation. It says further details will be released as they become available to ensure licensees and the public know what the law requires for selling marijuana products.

“They came, grabbed my stuff and left, with very little explanation of what was going to happen next,” said Caleb Saunders, owner and CEO of Green Jar, a marijuana retail store located in Wasilla that was raided by regulators Thursday.

Saunders says the regulators told him this would not impact his license. They also said he would be receiving a notice of violation and that the items “would probably be returned next week.”

“It’s considered hemp,” Saunders said, describing the cannabidiol oil. “I mean, they’re just, out of nowhere, basically deciding that hemp doesn’t exist and all the extracts made from hemp are now marijuana extracts.”

Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, said he was trying to get more information about what happened.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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