Authorities in Buffalo apparently disagreed when Garoutte and his family were told their shop, which sells oil derived from hemp plants, needed to get out of the Dallas County town.
Shops are now also present in St. Louis, Columbia, Joplin and Branson.
Garoutte said the enforcement action cost his family, which owns the shop, about $5,000.
Corey Garoutte believes the products sold at his new Springfield store, CBD Boutique, are legal.
That program, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, “provides Missouri residents with intractable epilepsy a registration card that allows them to legally possess and use CBD oil in Missouri to treat intractable epilepsy.”
Most CBD stores in the area have opened shop in the last year and a half, and a majority of owners have said the competition hasn’t hurt sales, but rather increased product awareness.
Norman said Mama Jean’s has had four public education classes to highlight the difference between cannabidiol and marijuana.
Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018, lifting the ban on production of hemp, or cannabis with less than 0.3% THC by weight. Without regulations, there isn’t much stopping people from selling CBD products of any kind.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the marijuana plant that does not cause psychoactive symptoms, or a high. CBD has been said to relieve aches and pains, as well as reduce inflammation and anxiety, though scientists have yet to back this claim.
Sands said he sees 50- and 60-year-olds, individuals in their 90s, Springfield Cardinals baseball players, athletes from Missouri State and Evangel universities, and bands that pass through the area. The most popular product is a CBD vape.