Judge won't drop charges against McKenzie County vape shop owner – Williston Daily Herald

A McKenzie County judge has denied a request to drop criminal charges against a tobacco shop owner accused of selling products containing a substance derived from the hemp plant. 

In a decision filed Wednesday, Northwest District Judge Robin Schmidt cited testimony from a forensic scientist who said that tests done at the state crime lab on some of the products showed that they contained cannabidiol, or CBD. 

Schmidt’s order upholds charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance, possession and manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, unlawful advertising of drug paraphernalia and possession of hashish against Falesteni Abuhamda, the owner of Tobacco Depot stores in Watford City and Alexander. 

Both shops are in close proximity to schools. 

During a hearing last week, Abuhamda’s attorney, Deanna Longtin, argued that the charges should be dropped because the CBD in products sold by Abuhamda is derived from the stalk of the industrial hemp plant, which is heavily regulated but legal to grow in North

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