I’m sure it looked impressive on the 6 o’clock news. There stood Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, surrounded by dozens of packages containing cannabis-infused candies and other products confiscated in a raid of a central Fresno marijuana dispensary.
“Hopefully we’ll ultimately prevent some child in our community from being seriously injured or killed as a result of coming into contact with some of the items,” Dyer told the assembled news media.
Sorry, but I’m not buying that explanation. It’s little more than fallacious fear-stoking guised as policing.
Bee photographer John Walker took closeups of several packages that were laid out on the table at police headquarters. One in particular caught my eye. It contained gummy bears and had a label with the words “Keep out of the reach of children and animals” printed in bold.
But what stood out were three letters printed in even larger typeface on the top of the label: CBD.
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of more than 100 chemical compounds contained within the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have psychoactive effects.
In other words, CBD doesn’t get you stoned. Rather, the compound has shown to have a wide range of medicinal benefits. People use it to treat everything from chronic pain to infections to epilepsy.
These packaged gummy bears were among 150 pounds of cannabis-infused edibles seized by Fresno police during an April 27 raid of a central Fresno dispensary even though they are clearly marked as containing CBD, a compound found to have a host of medicinal benefits.
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So when Dyer’s officers seized and confiscated all those packages of edibles (three of the five in Walker’s closeups were marked as CBD), they weren’t taking dangerous drugs off the streets.