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Last week, a joint task force of local, state, and federal law enforcement raided 23 stores in Rutherford County, Tennessee, ultimately indicting 21 people for selling CBD edibles. The “Operation Candy Crush” raid was conducted after Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh reported that parents told him their child had come into possession of CBD candies. All of the businesses accused of selling these products were padlocked and had their cash registers seized, but were allowed to reopen and return to business last Friday.
In 2017, Tennessee legislators legalized the sale of hemp-derived CBD edibles or topical products, as long as said products contain less than 0.3 percent THC. The business owners arrested during these raids have all said that the products they sold were fully legal under this state law. Sixteen of the business owners were arraigned on Friday, and all of them entered pleas of “not guilty.”
“The petition alleged these items being sold were laced with marijuana,” said attorney Jim Todd, who is representing some of the business owners in this case, in court Friday, according