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We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Newburyport CBD shop ordered to stop selling food, vape products. NEWBURYPORT — Officials in the city’s Health Department decided on Thursday to prohibit a Pleasant Street cannabidiol business from selling its edible and vaporizer products. Cape Ann Botanicals, owned by Ipswich resident Spencer Kalker, opened earlier this year at 49 Pleasant St., becoming the city’s first shop specializing in selling products containing cannabidiol – or CBD — a hemp-derived compound. CBD doesn’t contain THC, the intoxicating ingredient found in marijuana, but is said to offer a variety of medicinal benefits, including treatment for pain, inflammation and anxiety. Frank Giacalone, the city’s director of public health, said the Health Department ruled Thursday night that the shop has until January 15, 2020, to deplete its stock of edible CBD products, which include honey sticks, gummy candies and chocolates, because in June the state Department of Agricultural Resources effectively outlawed the sale of food products containing CBD. In addition, the shop was ordered to immediately stop selling its vaporizers and CBD oil cartridges. Giacalone explained that the city has issued its maximum number of permits for tobacco products, which under Newburyport laws, include all smoking or vaping products regardless of whether they include nicotine. Between the decisions by the local and state departments, Cape Ann Botanicals is being prevented from selling a number of its products, but can still sell CBD-infused oil tinctures, balms and lotions. Kalker said he is disappointed with the government rulings, and said the shop will have to deal with some significant losses in business until the laws eventually change. “We’re not going out of business — we think this will be squared away by January,” said Kalker, noting that bills are in the works that would allow hemp-derived CBD products to be made and sold in Massachusetts. In the meantime, Kalker said he plans to send customers in need of vaping products to his shop’s Ipswich location, where town laws do not consider CBD vape products to be tobacco products. Carla Villa, the Newburyport shop’s manager, said she feels the regulations are putting an “unnecessary burden” on customers who use the products as relief from medical conditions. “The reality is that nobody is using (CBD) like tobacco products. No one is going to smoke a Juul pod to take down their shakes for Parkinson’s,” said Villa, adding that CBD edibles and vapes can still be bought easily and legally from online retailers. “Nothing is keeping these products from being available to the public because you can go online and purchase them,” she said. Noting that many convenience stores in Massachusetts are still selling CBD products without consequence, Kalker said he feels Cape Ann Botanicals is being unfairly treated. “There’s dozens of stores within five miles of here that are selling products. The only reason we’re seen is because we’re selling a professional service,” said Kalker. “We feel like, in a sense, we’re being targeted.” CBD shop prepares to open in Newburyport. BRYAN EATON/Staff photoSpencer Kalker, left, and Kurt Kalker in their shop Cape Ann Botanicals in Ipswich, which will soon open a store on Pleasant Street in Newburyport. NEWBURYPORT — The city's first cannabis-related business is coming to a Pleasant Street storefront in as little as two weeks, but it won't be getting people high. Cape Ann Botanicals, owned by Ipswich resident Spencer Kalker, specializes in selling products containing cannabidiol – or CBD — a hemp-derived compound that lacks THC, the intoxicating ingredient found in marijuana, but is said to offer a variety of medicinal benefits, including treatment for pain, inflammation and anxiety. When the shop opens in January, downtown shoppers will be able to purchase CBD products that include oil tinctures to be dissolved on the tongue, vaporizers, balms, lotions, chocolates and even dog treats.
Kalker — whose other business, Old Planters of Cape Ann, is opening a marijuana retail dispensary in Rowley — opened his first CBD shop in Ipswich in July and said he hoped to give the community insight on the benefits of the cannabis plant. "With cannabis, there's such a chasm between perception and reality, and so much is still being discovered," he said. "We felt there wasn't enough education for the community and we wanted the store to be an educational emporium for people to come in and discover it for themselves." Kalker said that in the months since Cape Ann opened in Ipswich, the shop has been embraced by many residents and has earned its fair share of returning customers who tout the benefits of CBD. "It's at a point now where everybody loves us, and we've been doing reasonably good business," Kalker said, adding that he looks forward to opening in Newburyport, where he hopes to shed light on what he believes to be the benefits of cannabis. "I hope we can help give people a better perspective," Kalker said. "I'm there to provide an opportunity for people to find relief." CBD products have not been evaluated by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and while studies have indicated a level of legitimacy for CBD products in treating some symptoms, they often hint at the role of the placebo effect and call for more research. Kalker admitted that while the placebo effect may be present in some cases, he has seen real results in many of his customers.
"In some cases, it is" the placebo effect, Kalker said. But we're finding people that are coming in three months later and still buying products, and if they stop using it, the effects go away.