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By Julian Mark

If you’re thinking about opening up a store dedicated to hemp derived CBD products — think again.

Gus Daibis at Sidewalk Wellness. Photo by Julian Mark

Gus Daibis, who opened Sidewalk Wellness on 21st Street earlier this month, learned the hard way. The co-owner of the local Sidewalk Juice chain was checking his email last Tuesday when two inspectors from the San Francisco Department of Public Health walked into his store.

All of Daibis’s edible items had to be taken off the shelves and put into storage, which for Daiblis, is a major loss — he estimates $25,000 to $30,000.

“The reason why I opened the store is my aunt has [multiple sclerosis], and a couple other people in my family use CBD,” Daibis said. “We’re firm believers.”

They are not alone. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) in January introduced a bill that would legalize the sale of hemp derived CBD edible and cosmetic products. She wanted to protect hemp farmers and had also caught wind of some local enforcement on stores throughout the state. “I don’t need someone going out of business because of this,” Aguiar-Curry told Mission Local.

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