Samona, Weisberger and other executives from Wild Bill’s did not respond to several requests for comment.
In another blow last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blanket order banned the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes — Wild Bill’s operates 10 vape shops called Mr. Vapor and uses the Mr. Vapor branding inside other Wild Bill’s locations.
The criminal conduct from more than 30 years ago includes pleading guilty to assault by physical menace — a disorderly person-type charge — in New Jersey in 1988, a misdemeanor guilty plea for attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct north of Detroit in 1981 and another misdemeanor for falsifying a birth certificate under a fictitious name to obtain a driver’s license, according to the administrative law judge’s opinion.
“(The state) doesn’t want a flooded market. They are wary of it,” Leonowicz said. “I don’t think we’re at a stage where we’d see a lot more denials yet, but theoretically, (the agency) can approve the cream of the crop. They can have a lot of leeway on who they approve because there’s no shortage of applicants.”
The board alleged Weisberger reported on the group’s application that Samona’s first 1988 charge was larceny, not assault by physical menace.
Adding to the confusion, FDA allowed proliferation of CBD products for a number or reasons, including limited FDA resources. FDA’s “enforcement discretion” means the agency is allowing illegal products to be sold for the time being. The agency’s discretion does not change the legal status of these products or the potential liability of manufacturers and marketers. Moreover, enforcement discretion grants no license or invitation to continue. The agency can change their discretion at any time. Similarly, a state food agency spokesperson telling you that the state does not regulate CBD provides little legal protection for violation of the state law. A spokesperson has no authority to rescind a duly enacted legislative act.
Recently a spokesperson for a state food regulatory agency told a reporter that cannabidiol (CBD) is not regulated by the state. Actually, use of CBD in food is illegal under that state’s food law, and the law is enforced by that spokesperson’s agency. Thus, confusion over the status of CBD proliferates.
Before any substance can be added to food, it must be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), prior sanctioned, or approved via a food additive petition to the FDA. CBD is not GRAS, prior sanctioned, and has not been approved as a food additive. Therefore, CBD is an illegal food additive.
In the meantime to reduce liability when selling CBD, remember that it is the uses that are regulated. Sell plain CBD. Make no therapeutic claims. Don’t add to food. Don’t add to dietary supplements. Don’t sell as a dietary supplement.
Perhaps some of the lax thinking about putting CBD in food comes from thinking of CBD as akin to fish oil or rosemary extract. However, fish oil and rosemary have been used in food for centuries and have extensive scientific knowledge bases about them. CBD does not. Other than the research for the treatment for epilepsy, research on CBD use is alarmingly lacking.
There are multiple 89 phone numbers in Wild Bill’s Tobacco.
15201 N Holly Rd
Holly, MI 48442
There are 89 locations in Wild Bill’s Tobacco.
Wild Bill’s Tobacco on 67145 Gratiot Ave
5150 Highland Rd
Waterford, MI 48329
2444 W Hill Rd
Mundy Township, MI 48507
1220 West Fourteen Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017
100 South Mission Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858