23 Tennessee stores shut, accused of selling marijuana candy
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Local, state and federal authorities in Tennessee have padlocked 23 stores and indicted 21 people they accuse of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana.
News outlets report that “Operation Candy Crush” was launched after Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said parents said their child brought the CBD-laced candy home.
Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh says the stores were selling gummies and similar products that contained cannabidiol, a derivative of cannabis.
Tennessee Hemp Industries Association President Joe Kirkpatrick contends that the products were legal, with CBD derived from hemp, not marijuana.