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Police: Using CBD flowers could get you arrested

Posted: 9:03 PM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 21:03:21-05

GREENFIELD — Greenfield police are warning users of CBD flowers after a shop owner voiced her concerns about the products on her shelves.

"I was very upset because I felt like my business was threatened at first," Lisa Tift, owner of Indy's Vape Escape, said.

Tift has been selling CBD oil for a long time, and recently she added the CBD flower to her line.

"We've had a lot of requests for the CBD flower," she said. "But I was hesitant about bringing it in because of the looks of it."

After some research, she decided to bring it into her store.

Within a few weeks, she was still uneasy about what she was selling; the look, the smell, something wasn't right. So she asked a friend of her's from the Greenfield Police Department to investigate.

"We conducted some initial test on this," Chief Jeff Rasche said. "Similar to what we would do on the street if an officer were to encounter a green leafy substance on an individual during a traffic stop or whatever."

"This product tested positive on our field test kit for marijuana."

These test kits show if a product contains canabinoids, or CBD. If it does, it tests positive for marijuana.

"Now what our tests can't show is, or we can't prove, or we can't come up with, or verify what the T-H-C level is in these products," Chief Rasche said.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In Indiana CBD products can legally contain up to .3% of the THC. But, since the test does not show these levels, it simply appears positive as marijuana.

Both products tested by police were labeled as having a .3% level.

"As law enforcement we want to make sure that we are not targeting people, or making people that do not have criminal intent criminals," Brent Eaton, Hancock County Prosecutor said. "Simultaneously, we want to make sure that we effectuate the law as it was intended by the governor, as it was passed."

That's why Greenfield police are warning the public: buy CBD flower at your own risk.

Tift still sells CBD oils, but she's taken the flowers of her shelves.