He hopes it’s a passing storm.
Johanson owns Elite Life at 116 N. Jeffers. He’s a health marketing consultant, a physique builder and he sells well being dietary supplements and different merchandise.
He’s scheduled for a contested preliminary listening to on July 26 in Lincoln County Courtroom. He stated police additionally seized about $4,000 value of merchandise on his cabinets.
Johanson is out of jail a private recognizance bond, awaiting his day in court docket. He’s formally charged with distribution of Tetrahydrocannibol (THC) as outlined in state legislation.
THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, and it’s clearly unlawful in Nebraska. Nonetheless, Johanson stated his CBD merchandise contained lower than 0.3% THC – the identical minuscule THC content material as industrial hemp, which was just lately legalized by the state legislature.
Johanson stated he’d heard about CBD oil, however didn’t assume a lot about it till he tried some. He has an infected disc in his vertebrae that acts up typically, inflicting sciatica. The CBD oil eased the ache. Impressed, he did some analysis and started providing it on the market.
He marketed the product on-line in January, attracting the eye of a tipster who notified police, in accordance with a search warrant affidavit filed in Lincoln County Courtroom.
A police lieutenant known as Johanson, instructed him it was unlawful, and he took down the commercial. Just a few days later, an undercover officer checked the shop however didn’t discover any CBD. Johanson instructed him that he not carried it.
About the identical time, police raided a retailer in Scottsbluff and charged the homeowners with the identical offense, however the Scotts Bluff County Legal professional declined to prosecute the case. Scotts Bluff County Legal professional David Eubanks known as the state legislation poorly written. He additionally stated he had extra necessary crimes to prosecute.
Johanson stated he was inspired by that call, and knew that different shops in Nebraska additionally carry CBD oil on their cabinets, together with Mattress, Tub and Past, with shops in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.
He additionally knew that the U.S. Congress legalized industrial hemp in late December by eradicating it from the listing of federally managed substances.
That invoice in Congress was led by the Senate Majority Chief, Republican Mitch McConnell, who needed to foster the enterprise in his residence state of Kentucky, the place tobacco farming is on the wane.
On April 17, an undercover purchaser purchased some full spectrum hemp oil and a few Wowzer Reduction Balm from Johanson. Each CBC merchandise had been labeled with lower than 0.3% THC, nevertheless it nonetheless earned him the prison cost.
In late Might, the Nebraska legislature adopted the lead of Congress, authorizing hemp manufacturing and organising a framework for licensing rising plots of the plant.
The framework is sketchy and the Nebraska Division of Agriculture has but to fill within the particulars, however hemp is to be licensed, registered, monitored and examined, in accordance with the legislature. Whether or not that makes CBD oil authorized is unclear. Some analysts say solely CBD derived from licensed hemp fields is technically authorized. The Nebraska Legal professional Normal’s workplace declined to make clear the scenario when the Bulletin contacted them after the invoice handed.
It’s uncertain that the fields of hemp that produced the CBD oil on Johanson’s cabinets are federally licensed but, however Johanson’s prime provider, Amercan Shaman, says their merchandise are examined by a 3rd social gathering for THC content material.
At finest, Johanson believes the Lincoln County expenses are inflated… “It’s a THC cost,” he stated. “I don’t imagine that’s what we’re coping with.”
“I didn’t assume it was an criminal activity,” he stated, “and I don’t assume it now.”