The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports several retailers have confirmed that Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office enforcement seized thousands of dollars worth of imported cannabidiol oils on Feb. 9.

“The Marijuana Control Board and AMCO staff will be managing this developing situation with the utmost care and concern,” stated a release from Sara Chambers, the acting director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. “Specific details cannot be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Further details will be released as they become available to ensure that licensees and the public are fully educated and informed as to what the law requires concerning sale of marijuana products.”

Wasilla-based retail store Green Jar was one of the businesses from which CBD products were taken Thursday. Co-owner Caleb Saunders said two enforcement officers came by the shop and took thousands of dollars’ worth of “Charlotte’s Web” brand hemp oil.

HBJ is currently investigating if the “Charlotte’s Web” hemp oil that was reportedly “seized” was CW Hemp product—which is grown and derived from hemp.

Alaska statute specifies that CBD oils are a marijuana product and therefore under the supervision of the Marijuana Control Board. Federal laws, however, have caused problems for Alaska companies who have up until now assumed CBD products were separate from marijuana.

With the recent action by the DEA and subsequent filings by the HIA with Hoban Law the hemp industry is now fully entangled with marijuana regulators over the DEA’s classification of CBD.

Bottom Line:

We understand if all of this is confusing, but if so, please refer to the chart below and understand the difference between CBD grown as hemp and CBD grown as marijuana.  The Alaska Alcohol of Marijuana Control Office is effectively saying that CBD grown as hemp should be classified as CBD grown as marijuana under the new DEA classification. We predict more state marijuana regulatory agencies will try to cease and regulate CBD products grown as hemp in an effort to extend their regulatory control and budgets under the DEA’s new classification. In other words, they will flex their muscles and see who pushes back. Hemp companies selling CBD products across states lines need to be informed about their rights under Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill Amendment that renders the action of these marijuana regulatory agencies illegal.

Check back for more updates regarding CBD product seizures and what the hemp industry is doing to combat broad market ignorance over Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill  Amendment and the DEA’s illegal classification of CBD products  grown as hemp as marijuana extract.