A cannabidiol (CBD) maker in Sonoma County, California is urging supporters to take action after cops raided the operation earlier this month.

Care By Design of Santa Rosa is asking supporters to let politicians know its “products are safely extracted, consistently formulated, lab tested, clearly labeled, and effective.”

“This law enforcement action deprives patients like me of access to medical marijuana that is produced with exceptional attention to patient and community safety,” the company stated. “This action also threatens the livelihood and employment of hundreds of Sonoma County residents. Please allow CBD Guild operations to resume immediately, and restore patient access to their medicines.”

Care By Design as well as CBD Guild and AbsoluteXtracts were raided by local cops and by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Santa Rosa police Lt. Mike Lazzarini told a local reporter that “DEA lab teams” were participating in the actions.

“This is definitely a very large scale commercial hash oil operation,” he said. “The materials are being used for infusion into a variety of different products.”

The lieutenant said a number of people connected to the facilities would be booked on suspicion of various drug allegations.

Care By Design said its CBD is used by cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD and other patients and that it “does not get people high.”

Cops treated the facility as a marijuana concentrate lab.

“Contrary to initial press reports, none of the Care By Design facilities are involved in the production of hash; nor is butane used in the company’s extraction process,” the company said in a statement.

“This law enforcement action is unprecedented, unfortunate, and has the potential to deprive thousands of profoundly sick patients of much needed medicine,” added Nick Caston, CBD Guild and Care By Design spokesman. “We will cooperate fully with law enforcement in an effort to resolve this as quickly as possible, and hope to have our nearly one hundred employees in Sonoma County back to work this week.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He’s a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor’s recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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