McKenzie County vape shop owner presses for dismissal of charges – Williston Daily Herald

A McKenzie County judge will decide whether to dismiss criminal charges against a tobacco shop owner who says he was wrongfully arrested for selling merchandise containing a chemical derivative of the hemp plant. 

Falesteni Abuhamda appeared Wednesday in Northwest District Court in Watford City, where his attorney argued that charges against him are baseless and should be dropped. 

Abuhamda was charged in May after the Northwest Narcotics Task Force raided his Tobacco Depot stores in Alexander and Watford City. Agents seized products containing CBD, or cannabidiol, a substance found in the hemp plant. 

Abuhamda is facing charges of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony; possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class B felony; possession of hashish, a Class C felony; manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors. 

In court Wednesday, Deanna Longtin, Abuhamda’s attorney, insisted that CBD

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