(Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)
Authorities said 23 stores in Rutherford County were padlocked on Monday after they were found to be selling candy and other products laced with Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol is a cannabis compound used for medical conditions. The 23 stores raided were in Rutherford County, Smyrna, La Vergne and Murfreesboro after undercover detectives bought products with CBD oil.
Cannabidiol is an illegal drug being sold in the form of liquids used in vapors, gummy bears, gummy worms and items that commonly look like candy, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Cannabidiol is a Schedule 6 Controlled Substance.
All 23 stores have since been padlocked and will remain closed until a judge deems them safe.
In addition, indictments were issued for 21 people who are accused of selling the illegal products. There’s no word on the number of those people who are actually in custody at this time.
The sheriff’s department said it began investigating after parents complained about advertisements for the products. Authorities are warning parents to stay vigilant with checking what their children bring home, saying “what appears like candy might not be.”
Law enforcement, including local agencies, drug investigators and the TBI, specifically said Cannabidiol was found in packages that looked like gummy bears. It was sold for anywhere between $7-$70 in packages advertised as mood enhancers and mood relaxers with drawings of marijuana leaves.
Authorities said one location had been manufacturing and selling the oil in the county.
“There’s no regulation on these products,” RCSO Sgt. Will Holton said. “We feel like these products are very unregulated and you don’t know what you are getting. Cannabidiol is a Schedule