Soaring sales: The only high in CBD

SARASOTA — The infusion of a noneuphoric cousin of cannabis in everything from beauty products, smoothies and oils to ease pain, anxiety and seizures is a craze that’s here to stay. It’s already a nearly $2 billion booming business expected to balloon into a $22 billion industry by 2022 as cannabidiol — known more popularly as CBD — becomes more widely accepted with education and becomes more widely accepted with education and exits the legal gray area with clearer regulation by lawmakers.

Sarasota Police to crack down on CBD, a relative of marijuana

SARASOTA — A noneuphoric cousin of cannabis could be pulled from store shelves after Sarasota police begin a planned crackdown on the products. The Sarasota Police Department claims cannabidiol — known more popularly as CBD — is illegal, and officers will begin enforcement efforts once Police Chief Bernadette DiPino signs off on a letter demanding stores stop selling CBD, which comes in various forms, including oils and topical creams. Officers sometime this week will deliver the cease and desist notice to stores, including gas stations, grocers and standalone shops that sell the product, which is derived from hemp plants that contain minuscule levels of THC, the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. The crackdown comes after roughly seven complaints of citizens recently falling ill after using the products, police said.

Sarasota County sued for dumping treated wastewater from overwhelmed facility

SARASOTA COUNTY — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Sarasota County over alleged violations of federal law for repeatedly dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of treated wastewater for years from one of its water reclamation facilities. Clean water advocacy groups SunCoast Waterkeeper, Our Children’s Earth Foundation and Ecological Rights Foundation filed a suit Monday in the U.S. District Court in Tampa accusing the county of violating the Clean Water Act by discharging more

Treasure Coast officials complain new state laws rob them of local home-rule power

Local officials say the Legislature has launched an assault on home rule by creating laws that strip cities and counties of their power to regulate local issues. Those new laws, officials claim, could have detrimental effects on the quality of life of local residents. Some legislators, however, are pushing back, defending their votes and arguing  the Legislature has an obligation to create laws that are consistent across the state.

Tradition finally bouncing back from the recession

The rumble of bulldozers, the clang of hammers and the hum of backhoes again are reverberating through Tradition, just as during the boom years, before the Great Recession brought development in the western portion of the city to a screeching halt. The distantly familiar sounds signify the return of better days and are evidence of Tradition's first growth spurt since the dark days of the economic downturn roughly a decade ago.

Local medical marijuana rules likely to be scrapped in wake of new state dispensary bill

The state has grabbed control of medical marijuana dispensaries away from local governments by creating its own set of regulations, sending some Treasure Coast governments scrambling to adapt. The Legislature earlier this month passed Senate Bill 8A, which trumps local laws that cities and counties have imposed to regulate where and how medical marijuana dispensaries can operate. Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to sign the bill.

Port St. Lucie, state each gets $3 million in Digital Domain settlement; Textor to get $8.5 million

The city, the state and former Digital Domain CEO John Textor all will get multimillion-dollar payouts from a settlement in the two-year-old lawsuit against the defunct Digital Domain Media Group. Port St. Lucie and the state — which both provided economic incentives to bring Digital Domain here in 2009 — each will get about $3 million, according to the settlement, which was approved Friday by a federal bankruptcy judge.