We would like to take a moment to dispel some recent rumors that have come to our attention in regards to our sale of CBD products. In the past 24 hours, multiple people have mentioned to us how they heard Patchouli Garden was “busted” for the illegal sale of CBD, or cannabidiol — a naturally occurring compound extracted from industrial hemp.
While these rumors are untrue, we did pull the products from our shelves following an April 27 statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) stating that CBD oil and other CBD products were illegal to possess or distribute in our state. While this came as a disappointment to many customers who lauded CBD’s effectiveness in alleviating their inflammation, pain, anxiety, and other ailments, we informed them of the DOJ’s warning and our legal obligation to discontinue the sale of CBD.
On May 10, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel clarified the DOJ’s position, advising law enforcement “not to take enforcement action against products made from industrial hemp that is grown under a lawful hemp research pilot program, including CBD, until Congress considers changes to the law, enabling the Wisconsin State Legislature to further clarify the status of these products.” Schimel expressed the DOJ’s commitment to ensuring that CBD sold at retail outlets is safe for those who use it, citing cases where products claiming to be CBD were either mislabeled or manufactured improperly, posing a health threat to consumers. (Read the full statement at https://www.doj.state.wi.us/…/fi…/news-media/5.10.18_CBD.pdf)
To ensure your health and safety — and to confirm our adherence to the law — we went about obtaining a Certificate of Analysis for our CBD oil in order to verify its content. The results, furnished by the Massachusetts-based ProVerde Laboratories, were then forwarded to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
While DATCP does not confirm or deny specific products, they indicated that our CBD oil, manufactured by Georgia-based company Regalabs, met Wisconsin’s standard, which requires a THC content of less than 0.3%.
With this in mind, Patchouli Garden will once again sell CBD products beginning Tuesday, May 22. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience to all of those helped by these wonderful products, but we at Patchouli Garden remain committed to lawfully protecting the health and safety of all of our customers. The rumor mill is an unfortunate reality that comes with any small town, but for those finding themselves swept up, we respectfully ask that you seek out the facts before subscribing to sensationalism.
Lynda Dayton, President