The charge was later dropped, though the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy who made the arrest was following the law. Colorado-basedFolium Biosciences, a vertically integrated producer, manufacturer, and global distributor of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids, weighed in on the matter in a press release, noting that it brings up an important discussion. While officials have said some forms of CBD are legal in Florida, the release states, the key issue is that some CBD manufacturers claim “zero” THC products, but police and employers’ testing methodologies may show otherwise.
“It is long overdue that law enforcement understands the molecules contained in Industrial Hemp products, and learns how to properly test for the omission of THC," said Folium Biosciences General Counsel Craig A. Brand, Esq. "Off-the-shelf THC kits merely pick up the residual of any cannabinoid molecule regardless of whether the actual presence of THC exists; thus causing unnecessary and wrongful arrests."