Police in some towns are seeing a form of marijuana edible products already turning up on the sales floor. On top of that, the products being sold would violate the new state law, regardless if the shop had a license because of the way they are packaged.
They're called CBD Yummies. They look like a package of gummy bears for kids, but police say they are packed with more than two grams of sugar.
The CBD gummies promise a range of effects from pain and anxiety relief, to helping you reduce stress and calming you down.
"Unfortunately I think some of the proprietors are being told false information. They're being told by the marketers this is legal," said Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael.
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Live at 5. Police are trying to warn parents about a form of marijuana edibles already for sale in MA. And the way they are packaged would not meet the requirements of the new law even when licenses go into effect in July. pic.twitter.com/LfNnxGQuzN— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) May 1, 2018
Recreational marijuana edibles have THC - which is the psychoactive substance that makes you high. CBD edibles are made from another part of the plant.
"The problem is some of the stuff being sold out there is we don't know what it is because it's not regulated and there's nobody overseeing it," said Carmichael.
Police say undercover officers bought CBD edibles at multiple locations, including Express Mart. When Boston 25 News went in, the clerk first said he only sells tobacco. We asked several more times and he showed us the CBD edibles.
The clerk told us he stopped selling them after learning they are not legal, saying the seller gave him bad information.
"You can't sell marijuana products in Massachusetts without a license from the Cannabis Control Commission," said Carmichael.
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Chief Carmichael - who is on the Cannabis Advisory Board - says even when stores have a license to sell marijuana products in July, there are strict rules on packaging so stores won't have cannabis edibles looking like candy for kids.
"Mass. law and our regulations here don't allow edibles to resemble animals and that type of thing," said Carmichael.
Carmichael says they went back to one of the other locations they found the items at and they pulled them off the shelf. Police are actively trying to stop the sale of these items
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