SOUTH BEND — With cannabidiol, or CBD, products soon to disappear from the shelves of Indiana stores, some local retailers are seeing a spike in sales as customers stock up before the substances are illegal to buy.
Late last month, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill released a statement definitively saying the cannabis-derived products were illegal to manufacture, sell, posses and use in the state. For the past several years, CBD products — which can come in liquid drops, sprays, creams, patches and other forms — have grown in popularity as a natural way to treat pain, anxiety and other medical conditions.
“There is no doubt, as a matter of legal interpretation, that products or substances marketed generally for human consumption or ingestion, and containing cannabidiol, remain unlawful in Indiana as well as under federal law,” Hill said in his statement.
Soon after Hill’s statement was released, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statement saying stores had 60 days to sell or pull CBD products from their shelves before excise police would begin spot checks.
Tom Vickers, owner of Glass Roots on South Main Street in Mishawaka, said he’s going to keep stocking and selling CBD products until toward the end of January. Vickers opened his business in 2012, but only started carrying CBD products in September.
Since the state’s November announcement, Vickers said, he has not only seen an increase in sales, but an increase in new customers.
From what customers are telling Vickers, he said, they are using the products because they are tired of the side affects of prescription pills or they aren’t getting the needed relief from prescriptions.
“I am going to keep selling up until that last day,” Vickers said. “There’s a