York County CBD Store Owners Scramble To Sell Hemp Flower Before Ban

ROCK HILL, SC – York County hemp business owners say they’re suing the county for the right to sell hemp flower. The announcement happened hours before a midnight ban on the raw product Wednesday.

Customers filled Rock Hill CBD Distribution on Wednesday, picking up their CBD flower before the midnight deadline.

“Natural medicine is a need,” said David Bryant.

He’s a regular customer and a veteran. He says he uses a smokable hemp flower that contains CBD to help with back pain and PTSD.

“I get pain relief and I’m not, you know crazy throughout the day. I feel good man,” said Bryant.

Bryant won’t be able to purchase the flower in York county beginning Thursday.

“If you don’t have a license, you can not sell or possess hemp,” said Chris Watts, the Rock Hill Police Chief.

He says his department plans to follow the law after the York County Solicitor issued a notice calling unprocessed hemp, or flower, illegal. The move comes after the South Carolina Attorney General wrote an opinion that left each county to interpret the law.

“This is like 25% of my revenue,” said Tim Dallas, the owner of Rock Hill CBD Distribution.

The impact will be huge not only for patients but CBD store owners.

“We are taking legal action,” said Dallas.

CBD oils, creams, and gummies are still legal. The manufactured products are all essentially the same as the flower, with the exception of their appearance.

“We are not planning to go out and search all different businesses or stores,” said Watts.

Enforcement in Rock Hill will be on a case by case basis. In the meantime, Dallas says he’ll have to pull $70,000 worth of hemp flower off his shelves.

“If there’s an official that needs to be educated on it. Feel free to come see us,” said Dallas.

The technology to test hemp flower is lagging behind. Watts says right now, police can only test the presence of THC, but not the concentration. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which is illegal. Watts says in order to test concentration, the product has to be sent to a state lab.