SHEBOYGAN – No, it’s not a CBD store. Yes, it’s a dispensary that sells THC, and it’s legal.
THE Dispensary opened on South Business Drive in Sheboygan at the end of February and is selling a type of hemp-derived THC — the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Marijuana isn’t legal in Wisconsin, but the state legalized industrial hemp in 2017, followed by the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp nationwide.
Since then, stores marketing products made from cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an extract found in cannabis plants, have sprouted up all over Wisconsin. But CBD doesn’t cause a high. THC does.
A growing number of Wisconsin stores — including THE Dispensary — are now selling a type of hemp-derived THC, Delta-8.
How is that possible? The explanation is a little complicated:
Delta-8 THC is a less psychoactive analog of Delta-9 THC, the main form of THC found in a cannabis plant.
Hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC content by dry weight. Any cannabis plant with more than 0.3% THC content is classified as marijuana.
It’s illegal to sell Delta-9 THC under federal law — no matter which plant it comes from — but it’s legal to sell Delta-8 THC, as long as it comes from a hemp plant.
Because they contain THC, the products sold at THE Dispensary can alter your mental state, said Will Nething, the store’s owner.
Nething said he spoke with city officials and the Sheboygan Police Department because he wants to work with law enforcement and believes there should be strict regulations.
„If we are going to have a product that’s going to intoxicate you, people need to be aware of that,” he said. „We need to be able to control that.”
Nething said the products are made in Wisconsin, and clean. People must be 18 to enter to the store and need to have a state-issued form of identification.
THE Dispensary opened its first storefront in November in Appleton. Not only are the shops a place to purchase various gummies, chocolates and cookies containing Delta-8 THC, but Nething said he wants his customers and anyone who comes into the store to be properly informed and educated on the products.
All Sheboygan employees have to work in the Appleton store for two weeks, so the more experienced employees there can train and teach them about the products.
THE Dispensary’s products are derived from hemp grown at Hemp 4 Heroes’ greenhouse in Green Bay, which Nething also owns. The products are processed and tested at H4H’s laboratory, a certified food-grade facility, also in Green Bay.
Even though Nething said it’s not a CBD shop, they do carry some CBD products. There’s also an assortment of disposable pens and dabs. Nething talked about a new water-soluble THC product that can be added to any liquid to turn a bottle of water or soda into a THC product.
Nething said he wants to provide the Sheboygan community with a safe, clean place to purchase these products. Someone who is in their 70s and suffers from chronic pain, for example, could come and safely buy items, he explained.
„We won’t succeed if we don’t have community support, but at the same time we want to support the community,” he said.
The store in Appleton was the first to open, but Nething said plans exist for additional locations in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau.
THE Dispensary is located at 2113 S. Business Drive in Sheboygan. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
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