Sussex police have been accused of ‘heavy-handed’ tactics after UK’s first cannabis restaurant was raided on Wednesday.
Officers targeted The Canna Kitchen as well as the Hemp Life vape and headshop and a home in Brighton in connection with the supply of Class B drugs and suspected money laundering.
The police seized ‘a significant quantity of herbal cannabis’ from the The Canna Kitchen and drugs and cash from the Hemp Life shop.
A 46-year-old woman was arrested at a home in North Place of suspicion of money laundering and supplying Class B drugs.
The Canna Kitchen’s owners said in a statement:
“If trace elements of THC render these products illegal, then by default all CBD products must be illegal in the UK. This would mean that many large high street chains are currently breaking the law.
“Hemp flower can be found in any hemp tea bag, that you would find in any supermarket or health food shop in the country.
“We have never in the past year and a half had any confusion over the legality of these products, and are disappointed with the heavy handed approach of the Sussex police force today.”
The seizures echo a case earlier this year when a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class-B drugs following the search of a CBD shop and residential property in the Plymouth area.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering.