ORANGE PARK, Fla. (News4Jax) – Less than 24 hours after the town’s first medical marijuana-related dispensary was shut down, the owner is defending his business, saying he wasn’t doing anything wrong. He also believes his business is being unfairly targeted.
The business, on Kingsley Avenue near the Orange Park Police Department, opened just two weeks ago.
Authorities served a search warrant at the store Tuesday. They said the business had been selling cannabidiol– a low-dose cannabis extract also called CBD — without a license. Authorities said that during the the raid they seized all illegal properties inside. The business is owned by Harry Satur.
According to Satur, the store was selling brownies, lotions and shampoos.
Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble said law enforcement acted after receiving a tip about the products in question.
“The narcotics task force went in, bought some brownies. We tested the brownies. The results show that the brownies did contain THC, which resulted in the search warrant that was executed yesterday (Tuesday),” said Goble.
That’s a statement Satur vehemently denies.
“They said that we were illegally selling marijuana, and I tried explaining to them that it is industrial hemp, which contains no THC,” said Satur. “That it is a health benefit, not to get high with.”
Satur told News4Jax that he approached the town of Orange Park for the purpose of obtaining a business license but was brushed off with no explanation. Satur believes his business is being unfairly targeted. He said his whole reason for opening the business was to help people with chronic medical conditions.