Charges Dropped Against Mother and Son Arrested for Opening CBD Store

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A mother and son, who were arrested for opening a CBD shop in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, have been released after the charges were dismissed.

Heather Kaufman Beguin, 46 and her son Dreyson, 23 were arrested on December 14th just a day after their CBD store – KB Natural Alternatives – was opened. They had been charged with one count of possessing a controlled substance.

Heather and Dreyson were released on Monday after the Attorney for Scotts Bluff County, David Eubanks, filed for the dismissal of their charges. The mother and son were reportedly released as lawmakers in Nebraska said they needed to clarify state’s laws concerning CBD.

Eubanks said the state needed to clarify the laws concerning CBD. He also noted that law enforcement officials needed to focus on more serious crimes. According to Eubanks, it would be difficult for a jury to find Dreyson and Heather guilty since the public perception of medical marijuana has changed. He estimated that about 70 percent of potential jurors will be in favor of medical marijuana.

“We’re not going to enforce it,” Eubanks said.” It’s technically illegal, but like I said, it’s a situation that needs to be fixed by the Legislature, and I hope they’ll do that.”

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is produced from hemp, the variant of the cannabis sativa plant that does not get people high. Hemp has low amounts of THC, the compound in marijuana that gives people the sensation of being high. CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis sativa although it is not as popular as THC. The use of medical marijuana and CBD oil is slowly becoming accepted by lawmakers across the United States.

CBD oil is currently illegal in Nebraska, and so it is the selling, distribution, and possession of it. However, there is an exception for
a prescription version of CBD oil. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the prescription of a CBD oil product called Epidiolex.
Epidiolex was created to cure severe seizure disorders. The side effects of the long term use of Epidiolex include decreased appetite, problems sleeping, fatigue, and diarrhea.

Heather and Dreyson were arrested following an investigation, which saw a Scottsbluff official pretending to be a customer at the KB Natural Alternatives. The police officer bought a CBD oil product for $35. Court documents show that the mother and son were taken into custody after the officer completed his purchase.

Although Heather and Dreyson have not released any statement after their release. However, on January 2, they posted a message on the store’s Facebook page that they are eager to reopen.

“We’re ecstatic to be serving our community soon!,” the post on Facebook said.

According to Heather Beguin, she began using CBD products after her son introduced her to it. She said she had an accident two years ago and suffered injuries that caused her pain. Heather claimed she had become hooked on pain medication and wanted a change. Her son Dreyson, who was living in Florida at the time, introduced her to a CBD product that alleviated her pain. Heather and her son were hoping to offer similar products to other people in Nebraska.

Despite its growing popularity, laws concerning CBD are still being debated. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) still ranks cannabis and CBD as an illegal drug. However, some states have started legalizing CBD products in response to medical research about its health benefits.

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