Crackdown on CBD in Charlotte Targets Distributors

North Carolina cracking down on sale of CBD

There has been a lot of news lately about different municipalities shutting down the sale of CBD in their jurisdiction. I go through some of the cases in another post here.

For the most part, the crackdowns have to deal with the sale of CBD edibles. The reason behind this is because while cannabidiol has been approved on the federal level, thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, it is still under research by the FDA. For this reason, it is not yet approved as a food additive, so some areas are enforcing that and banning the sale of edibles.

CBD is pretty much in a gray area at the moment, and nowhere is that more evident than with what is going on currently in North Carolina.

North Carolina and CBD

To say that there is a gray area in North Carolina is an understatement. Previously there had been news that the state is really cracking down on the sale of cannabidiol in their state. It was reported that the authorities were going to begin sending letters of warning to shops about what they can and cannot sell.

However, when talking to shop owners in N.C., none of them have been able to say that they have received any such notification. Given no warnings from the state, they continue to operate business as usual.

So what is happening here? According to this article from, the letters have been sent out – it’s just that they are not going out to the shop owners. Instead, the warning letters being sent to the distributors and suppliers. According to one shop owner, who said they have not themselves received a letter, the only letters that they are aware have been sent to their processors.

Photo credit: Fox46 Charlotte

What to Do Next?

I think it is a bit of a crappy situation for shop owners in North Carolina at the moment. This uncertainty makes it a very uneasy time to be a proprietor of a business that relies on CBD as a significant portion of their revenue. They can continue to sell their products at the moment, but there is an uneasiness about a pending crackdown on the shops themselves. They will have to plan for that and have contingencies should that happen.

On top of that, I’m a bit disappointed in the state putting them in this situation. It doesn’t sound like this is just an edibles issue like we’re seeing in other states. Rather, it seems to be against most (if not all) cannabidiol products. It seems like the state is not understanding the health and wellness benefits of this alternative medicine, which is a shame. CBD has helped my life tremendously, and I know I am not alone in that thinking. I hope the state keeps their hands off this market and lets the shop owners have free reign to sell these products that benefit their customers.

If you live in N.C. and worry you may not be able to go to your favorite store and buy CBD products in the near future, there are a lot of online CBD brands that are worth a look.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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