BUFFALO, Mo. – A new type of oil that claims to reduce pain and anxiety has been trending recently across the Ozarks.
KOLR10 reported about CBD oil.
It’s derived from cannabis but can’t get a person high like marijuana.
Users said it’s a great alternative medicine for aches and pains.
However, a shop owner in buffalo is speaking out after city officials closed down the store.
CBD Boutique opened about a month ago with a temporary business license.
They spent over $5,000 to buy product, sign a lease, and get a year-long WiFi contract.
But on Tuesday, the City of Buffalo revoked their license.
Store manager Sherry Mosley said she got a call on Tuesday from the Buffalo Police Department, informing her the City said she had to close the boutique store immediately.
Mosley said prior to this incident, a police officer came by the store and wanted to take get the CBD products tested to make sure they are within legal limits.
“I voluntarily gave him one of our items because I know that we are operating within the legal limits,” explained Mosley, “he stated that if it came back bad, they would give me an opportunity to get all TH-free material and continue to keep my business open. That was before this Tuesday and did not give me that option.”
Mosley never got those results and got a call shortly after saying her store had to close down.
CBD boutique customers said now that the store is closed, they have to use other, more inconvenient ways to get their products.
“It makes me angry,” said Treysha Hobbs, a CBD user and CBD Boutique customer, “now I have to drive out of town to get some, I’d rather keep my business in Buffalo. Why would I not support local business vs. Having to go to Springfield or somewhere?”
Mosley is now speaking about Buffalo’s Board of Alderman not approving her business license and questioning the legality of CBD.
Mosley said, “I just believe that the alderman doesn’t care if members of their community go outside of the town to purchase the items.”
She said she will be attending the next city council meeting on Monday to discuss this incident.
If the city doesn’t let her open her store, she will have no choice but to sue.
“They never told me I was going to go up for a review, or anything,” said Mosley, “actually the temporary license say it was valid until September of this year. Somebody should reimburse me. If they don’t want me in their town, they don’t need to financially ruin me.”
KOLR10 reached out to leaders with the City of Buffalo and Police Department.
They didn’t want to comment or did not respond to our request.
But Mosley said an Alderman emailed her saying he will listen to her story next week and see if she is running a legal business.
KOLR10 also spoke to lawyer Sean Pickett who represents American Shaman.
Pickett said CBD oil under a certain THC level is a legal product.
He also said the city can make rules, but the rules are supposed to be under constitutional boundaries and still treat everybody equally.
“So if they’ve gone about shutting down the CBD boutique in any fashion and treated them in a different fashion without appropriate measures or prematurely under their own administrative rules, then perhaps that’s an issue,” said Pickett.