Compound in marijuana now legal in Kansas with caveat

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Cannabidiol products are coming back to Kansas after lawmakers agreed to bring back the marijuana extract often used as alternative medicine.

The Kansas City Star reports that lawmakers voted in April to exclude cannabidiol, or CBD, from the state's definition of marijuana as long as the oil contains no THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high. The vote effectively makes CBD an unrestricted substance.

The state's decision comes after Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a January opinion saying any form of marijuana is against the law in Kansas.

The opinion was in response to local police last year raiding several merchants selling CBD products containing trace amounts of THC. Merchants believed the sale was legal under a federal farm bill allowing "industrial hemp," a form of cannabis with 0.3 percent THC or less.