Police raid Franklin businesses for selling cannabidiol gummies

Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 11:59:39-04

Police raided two Franklin business for selling THC-laced gummies, a month after the state warned businesses about selling such products.

According to court records, police took cannabidiol gummies and products that contain THC, the chemical found in marijuana.

Some of the regular customers were upset police showed up at the businesses pulling products off the shelf.

"Somebody reported the owner over here for selling the gummy bears, they're not illegal from what he was told from a distributor," said long-time customer Mary Beth Tomasino.

But state law says they are. State law enforcement even put out a warning in May sending out this state statute:

WI SS 961.38(1n)(a) the cannabidiol must be dispensed from a pharmacist or physician to a person that has certification to possess the cannabidiol to treat a medical condition.

At this Tobacco Xpress at 7182 S. 76th St., police say the clerk told them, "they not only had CBD gummies but they had CBD oil and CBD rocks."

One customer believes the owner would have never knowingly sold something illegal.

"For Franklin, to come in here and completely wipe him out and everything without forewarning I think is kind of ridiculous," Tomasino said.

At Discount Cigarettes & Liquor at 6507 S. 27th St., an undercover officer bought another CBD product. The clerk told him it was similar to what, "a couple of gas stations had gotten busted for selling..."

It makes some parents worried that something that looks like candy could easily end up in kids' hands, especially in a strip mall frequented by families.

"We are in suburbs for about three years we never heard about something like around this area. It's really a surprise for us," said Ravi Vadamalai.

He's happy the products are no longer sitting out on shelves.

Last month, Oshkosh police completed similar gas station raids and owners told officers the vendors told them the products were legal to sell. That is when a statewide warning was issued.