The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, with the help of Myrtle Beach police, is starting to test cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, sold in vape shops and other stores, police chief Amy Prock said.
The oil is extracted from hemp plants. Manufacturers say CBD does not contain THC, the intoxicating component of marijuana.
Legally, THC levels up to .3 percent are allowed in the oil, but officials want to test to make sure levels do not exceed that threshold.
Officials will test both the oils and edibles that are made from CBD oils.
“We have stores on the boulevard right now who have cases of edibles, and they are marketing to children,” Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said. “If you open one of these jars it looks and smells just like regular marijuana.”
According to Prock, the Myrtle Beach Police Department will work with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to see if there are traces of THC in the oil. If officials do find traces of marijuana, they can charge people who sell it.
“You cannot sell marijuana in that way,” said Frank O’Neal, commander of narcotics with SLED. “If it tests positive at all for THC it’s considered marijuana.”