The owner of a Youghal business selling Cannabis derivatives faces the possibility of being arrested when he presents himself to Gardaí this Monday, 19 August.
Jim Weathers, who owns Puffnstuff, had his Youghal store raided by officers from the drugs unit in May, and was advised last week there was a Warrant out for his arrest.
The East Cork shop, located at 123 North Main Street Youghal, sells raw Cannabis flower hemp, and other CBD products which are not psychoactive drugs, and are legal in most European countries.
The products are popular for calming anxiety and are widely sold here in Chemists and Health Food Stores like Holland and Barrett.
Mr Weathers said “the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) suggest that products containing .2% CBD are legal, so those two arms of the State say one thing and the Gardaí and customs are going on a different page.”
Under EU law CBD can be sold as long as its psychoactive part, THC, is less than 0.2%
However, under the Irish Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 any Cannabis related products, including Hemp, are illegal if they contain any trace of THC.
On Monday Mr Weathers was contacted by Gardaí advising him there is a Warrant out for his arrest.
The store owner, who also has a Cork City outlet on North Main Street, was to present himself to the Midleton station on Tuesday (13 August) but has made an alternative appoinment with Gardai.
If convicted, Mr Weathers could face life imprisonment for sale or supply of drugs under current Irish law.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris has said that he hopes to amend legislation to explicitly allow for the CBD products seized to be sold, but has not yet given a date for this.