Proponents say it can help with everything from ADHD to muscle spasms. In South Dakota, Cannabidiol is illegal.
Last week we introduced you to a Black Hills business. Police made him pull the oil from his shelves. Now we are learning the frustrations over CBD go beyond the hills.
To give you some background, Cannabidiol – or CBD – is found in cannabis and hemp. It doesn’t make you high. The laws vary from state to state.
In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed legislation reclassifying the oil last year. CBD is on the list of “class 4” drugs. That means it’s something you can get legally with a doctor’s prescription.
There’s a catch. South Dakota law also says it has to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Since the FDA hasn’t approved it, it’s technically illegal in South Dakota. Some people say CBD has changed their lives.
You’ll no longer find it on the shelves of Blown Away Vape in Sioux Falls.
“CBD was a really good sell in our business, we had a lot of people come in who have lots of pain problems, people that were taking opioids to control their pain and switched to CBD because it’s not addictive,” owner of Blown Away Vape, Sandra Williams-Luther said.
The store now carries different things, including essential oils and a botanical called Kratom.
“We carry other things that I think can help but most people miss the CBD they had,” Williams-Luther said. “Get calls at least twice a week on CBD, asking why we don’t carry it, we’ve had people come to the store looking for it.”
One mom says CBD has changed her child’s life. Tiffany Thoelke’s 9 year old son Nolan has ADHD.
“Nobody would watch my son, it got to the point where I couldn’t take him anywhere because he was too much to handle,” Nolan’s mom Tiffany Thoelke said.
Once putting her son on it, she noticed a difference.
“Now I can take him to coffee with me and he can sit and chat and make friends, he couldn’t make friends before,” Thoelke said.
CBD has helped her family and she is upset that she can’t buy it in South Dakota.
“You’re taking away my child’s medicine, you’re taking away my child’s ability to learn and have a good quality of life,” Thoelke said.
Both Thoelke and Williams-Luther hope to see a change in the law.