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CBD products see growing demand, regardless of legal status in Idaho

On May 28, the Treasure Valley's first-ever CBD shop opened at the Boise Towne Square Mall. However, this stand won't be at the mall much longer.

BOISE, Idaho — The legal status of CBD in Idaho is murky at best - CBD products have to contain zero percent THC, the compound found in marijuana that creates a high in users, but no there isn't any state or federal agency that is tasked with vetting these products.

On May 28, the Treasure Valley's first-ever CBD shop opened at the Boise Towne Square Mall, selling CBD products ranging from gummies and oils to pet food. However, this stand won't be at the mall much longer.

Owners of the shop say they're seeing a lot of demand for their CBD products and have had a warm reception so far.

"We have only been open since Tuesday, we had way more volume than we anticipated, its become clear to us very quickly that we have outgrown our cart," Justin Long, co-owner of Golden Nugget CBD, said.

The wide variety of products claim to treat an even wider array of ailments, including pain, anxiety, insomnia, among others.

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Co-owners of the shop, Justin and Jennifer Long, say they get a lot of questions from customers about the supposed CBD effects, but how they're able to sell them in Idaho is the most common.

In Idaho, CBD products are legal because they claim there is zero percent THC. These claims go unvetted, thanks to the lack of oversight by any government agency.

"There is a bit of a split in our industry, the CBD industry," Justin Long said. "We're about providing guaranteed third-party tested products."

Justin and Jennifer Long say they take extra steps to abide by Idaho law by only selling products from companies that rely on outside labs to test what's in the products.

"It's a very formidable lab where these take place, state-sanctioned, licensed, very expensive facility," he said.

Test results and production information are available for customers at the stands if they have any questions.

But customers won't see this CBD kiosk at the Boise Towne Square Mall for much longer. Jennifer and Justin Long say they have been so overwhelmed with customers that they're closing the stand down on Saturday and moving to a storefront in Meridian that will open next week.

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