04 Oct Hemp is Causing Police to Struggle to Make Marijuana Arrests
CBD has exploded in Florida, CBD shops are opening left and right, and tons of businesses are adding CBD products to their inventory.
Many people are using CBD to help with their pain, anxiety, or inflammation. Among many more benefits.
CBD is derived from the hemp plant. Which is a cannabis plant that has less than .3% Delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “stoned”. If a cannabis plant has more than .3% Delta-9 THC then it is considered to be illegal. The problem is that hemp and cannabis look exactly alike. They are almost indistinguishable. The only difference is cannabinoid levels and that can’t be judged by the human eye or even the field tests traditionally used by police officers. The only way to accurately tell is with a high-performance liquid chromatography test. These tests can be expensive.
The field tests that police have been using for years to make arrests can’t tell the difference between hemp and cannabis. Some police departments have stopped seeking misdemeanor cannabis offences. Some have ordered new test kits. But the new test kits are even in question for their accuracy.
Lauderhill police have thrown away all their old test kits and have ordered new ones. These are supposed to change color depending on the levels of THC and CBD. Miami Dade doesn’t even want to deal with it and has gone on record that they will stop seeking misdemeanor offences, citing the high cost of accurate testing.
I Want to Smoke Hemp, but I Don’t Want to get Arrested
If you want to try smoking legal CBD Rich Hemp Flower, but you are afraid to carry it around cause a cop might confuse it for cannabis…. That is a real concern!
Truth is many local cops aren’t educated on the subject and don’t know their field test aren’t accurate enough to tell the difference.
Here is how to make sure you won’t get arrested:
- Make sure it’s in proper packaging
- Has a QR code that is linked to a Certificate of Analysis (COA) (Shows that the product is tested and has less than .3% Delta-9 THC).
- Has website info.
- Batch number that matches the batch number on the COA.
- States that the product has less than .3% Delta-9 THC.
- States the amount of CBD in the product.
- Has an expiration date.