HOUSTON — Local law enforcement and health officials warned the public Wednesday about the dangers of CBD oil after a months-long investigation revealed the illegal substance was being sold at multiple Houston smoke shops. During a briefing, investigators will display the oil seized and city leaders will explain the health and legal ramifications to the general public.
"Today we're here to say, 'Stay away from this stuff!'" Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo warned the public.
The Houston Police Department seized a thousand bottles of CBD oil from the Fantasy at 1412 Westheimer Road, Smokey Doke at 5784 Bingle Road and Dreamerz at 2961 Bingle Road on May 2. According to investigators, lab results showed the oils contained synthetic cannabinoids, the same substance found in the illegal drug Kush.
"We know that Kush creates a lot of medical health problems," the chief explained. "It creates a lot of psychological impact on the brain. We know it creates a lot of bizarre behavior."
The shops are also being sued in a lawsuit claiming the stores are a nuisance and are under an injunctive order prohibiting them from selling illegal substances.
"In fact, there are community members that think they should be using this stuff to treat their own children from different ailments, not realizing that they're giving them poison," Acevedo revealed.
"We've made arrests. We've taken the substances off the streets. We've taken guns off the streets," the chief briefed reporters.
Authorities indicate all three shops are under court order prohibiting them from selling illegal substances and have also been sued for being a nuisance business.
HPD says they just want the public, especially kids, to be safe.
"This is dangerous!" Houston District A City Council Member Brenda Stardig declared. "We need to make sure that we educate our youth, our children, that they need to understand that not everything is as innocent as it looks."
So stick that in your pipe and smoke it!