It is expected that the proprietor of a CBD business will face criminal charges on December 20, 2021, which might result in a lengthy jail sentence. Although the businessman insists he’s innocent, one of his industry’s store owners doesn’t believe him. Superstar Buds owner, Chris Syrrakos, has remained at the store since law officials raided it in March.
Syrrakos claimed, “They ruined my entire life and my family,” and he was right. “I’m facing a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.” When Syrrakos shut down his Superstar Buds store after the raid, he transferred it to West Allis, but he can’t escape the store’s past. There are nine felony and two misdemeanor charges against Syrrakos, including Possession of THC with the Purpose of Delivery and Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place.
Syrrakos added, “We never intimated to anyone that we were selling marijuana, which is what they’re accusing me of. To put it another way, “We were promoting hemp.” According to a criminal complaint, an undercover police investigator purchased items from Superstar Buds that included THC levels much beyond the 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC legal limit for hemp.
The Delta 9 THC content of some of the vape cartridges tested by law enforcement was as high as 40%, according to the results. Syrakkos told the media that he doubts the test results. It’s also up to his suppliers to ensure that the THC levels are correct.
Syrrakos remarked, “We’re completely relying on the certifications of analysis that our suppliers provide.” Rachel Cartwright, the owner of CBD Therapeutics of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, isn’t having it. Cartwright, who was punished for a cannabis conviction more than a decade ago, admits that the state’s regulation of hemp products is riddled with inconsistencies and ambiguities.
But she adds that there are a certain recommended practices that CBD businesses should keep in mind when operating. First and foremost, Cartwright stated, “You test everything that comes in.” THC content should be “actually less than 1 percent” in anything you handle.
At the very least, according to the criminal complaint, Syrrakos conducted a trial run of his product. That’s what he emailed the supplier, along with a photograph of a lab certificate stating “Delta 9 THC content of 13.49 percent,” according to the report. Syrrakos “continued to request additional liters of the same distillate,” according to the lawsuit. Many of the charges against Syrrakos are untrue, according to Syrrakos. To his knowledge, there was no thorough inventory list provided by law police to him following the raid.
Syrrakos remarked, “We weren’t confident about anything, so we bought all new brands.” It’s mostly from California, Colorado, and Oregon. Finally, Syrrakos has a counter-argument. In his opinion, the police and the sheriff’s department have no power to interfere with his company, and he refuses to cooperate with them.
According to Syrrakos’ interpretation of the law, only the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has the authority to govern his business. Syrrakos remarked, “I feel I know more about this than the DA and the police department.” Law enforcement can investigate illicit drug activities under the DATCP’s jurisdiction, but there is no clear restriction of many CBD products, an official told the media.