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23 stores padlocked in Rutherford Co. for selling CBD-laced products

Rutherford County officials closed 23 stores that were selling products laced with CBD, a marijuana derivative.

(WSMV) Rutherford County law enforcement officials have closed 23 stores that were selling products containing CBD.

Officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne police departments, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed the stores on Monday after receiving a court order from Circuit Court Judge Royce Taylor.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said there were 21 indictments issued by the Rutherford County Grand Jury for individuals selling the products, mainly a candy that resembled Gummie Bears with CBD, a marijuana derivative.

“We’d like to inform the parents to be aware of what your children are bringing home with them,” Fitzhugh said in a press conference outside one of the businesses closed.

Fitzhugh said his department received a tip from a parent about the candy being brought home by their child.

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold said he had one of his agents enter a store in his town and ask the clerk for the product.

“This is not an obscure object sitting on their shelf. (The clerks) know what it is,” Arnold said at the press conference.

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