Arrested in 2019 for selling CBD, Des Moines metro store owner is back in business after changes in Iowa law – Des Moines Register

Lacie Navin, owner of Your CBD Store in Ankeny, has reopened her store after being arrested in 2019 by Ankeny police.

For almost 16 months, Lacie Navin worked six jobs to pay the rent on three businesses she couldn’t open.

The Your CBD Store locations shut down in late 2019 after Navin, the owner, was arrested and charged with two counts of controlled substance violation and unlawful substance tax requirement.

Now with a hemp license and a passion for holistic healing, Navin was able to reopen her stores in Valley Junction, Urbandale and Ankeny on March 17.

She’s a big believer in the healing and restorative powers of CBD, short for cannabidiol. Several times, Navin said, she has had customers come into her store, try the hemp-derived products and cry with relief.

She said she invested in the Your CBD store franchises, part of a national chain with about 900 locations across the country and more than a dozen in Iowa, because she saw how the products helped her father, who had fibromyalgia. 

She believes people should have the option to try holistic methods over prescription medication, and that’s why she fought to stay in business.

“I know I’m on the right side of history, I know that these products help people and I know they’re organic and they’re good,” she said. “That for me was the driving force to say I’m not letting go because what I’m doing is right.”

The problem for Navin was that hemp is a close relative of marijuana, and CBD can contain small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. In 2019, Iowa remained among state that imposed strict limits on THC.

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Ankeny police, working with the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, arrested her at her store on Dec. 5 of that year. But the following June, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law that cleared the way for some production and sale of hemp products. In early March of this year, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals created a process for businesses to apply for a hemp license.

Though her case is ongoing, Navin was able to get one and reopen her stores.

Navin said that under the rules, she can’t legally sell certain items, like Delta-8 THC — a low-potency form of THC popular with chemotherapy patients — pet hemp oil or vape accessories.

Lacie Navin, owner of Your CBD Store in Ankeny, has reopened her store after being arrested in 2019 by Ankeny police.

“We want to make sure everyone’s getting safe products and everyone’s complying with the rules that Iowa’s made in terms of CBD and what’s allowable with hemp,” she said.

Her store sells oil tinctures made with organic, U.S. Agricultural Department-certified cannabidiol, as well as CBG and CBN, compounds found in cannabis that contain properties that can ease anxiety, help with focus and assist with sleep, respectively. She also sells CBD bath bombs, gummies, lotions and topical treatments. 

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