Jesse Hollett

ORANGE PARK – An illegal CBD dispensary was shuttered late Tuesday as police raided the shop. Town officials said no arrests are pending, but expect the case to be reviewed with officials at the Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

Using search warrants, deputies entered the CBD dispensary on Kingsley Avenue after undercover agents were able to purchase CBD oil without a prescription that tested positive for THC.

The dispensary opened Nov. 17 stocking edibles, oils and vapor liquids dosed with CBD – a cannabis extract low in the high producing chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, has no psychoactive properties, but is still a controlled substance without a prescription.

“You cannot just walk up off the street and buy medical marijuana,” said Town Manager Jim Hanson. “They[police] did go through this location late yesterday and took their products.”

Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force together with the Orange Park Police Department raided the store, which did not have the proper permits to sell the medicine.

Owners claim they did not know Florida law required them to be have permits to sell the drugs.

Owner Harry Satur said in an interview with Clay Today when the shop first opened that “because it’s low THC, we’re not required to have any special license.”

CBD oil has been legal for patients with doctor prescriptions in Florida since the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 passed by the Florida Legislature and can be created from low THC strains of medical marijuana or hemp. The store stocked both versions of the product before police shuttered the business at 418 Kingsley Ave.

“Low THC medical marijuana can be sold in certain circumstances, but it can only be sold if you’re one of these particular vendors who go

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