- A smoke shop owner in Texas has been accused of selling marijuana and is claiming the products were actually legal hemp.
- The owner and an employee were charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance after the raid of their shop in Port lavaca.
- According to the shop owner’s attorney, she relied on legal certificates of analysis to prove the product’s legality.
A smoke shop owner in Texas has been accused of selling marijuana and is claiming the products were actually legal hemp, not marijuana.
The coastal shop-owner, Alexandra Degollado, and her business, Faded Smoke Shop, are now facing charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. One of Degollado’s employees is also facing charges after the raid that occurred in Port Lavaca, the small town of 12,000 where Faded Smoke Shop conducts business.
Degollado’s attorney, Lisa Pittman, told the paper that Degollado relied on legal certificates of analysis to prove the products were legally made.
The state of Texas allows for the production and distribution of hemp, but high-THC cannabis, including marijuana, remains illegal. The shop was equipped with the proper licenses to sell CBD edibles.
Port Lavaca police have seized the illegal products with high THC levels, and Port Lavaca Police Chief, Colin Rangnow, told the paper:
“People have to understand that, right now, (marijuana) is still illegal. I realize it might be legalized in a few years, but it is still illegal here.”