On June 15, 2016, officers with the Santa Rosa Police Department and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the CBD Guild, a California-based manufacturer of brand name medical cannabis product lines Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts.
Law enforcement conducted the raid after a former employee of the CBD Guild told authorities that the CBD Guild’s lab conditions were unsafe, prompting initial reports of the raid to falsely indicate that the CBD Guild was producing butane hash oil—BHO labs are illegal in California.
According to Care By Design, “None of the Care By Design facilities are involved in the production of hash; nor is butane used in the company’s extraction process. Care By Design utilizes a non-volatile supercritical CO2 extraction method, and does not produce any hash, rosin, wax, shatter or similar products that are popular with recreational users.”
During the raid, officers and agents seized computers, equipment, products, payroll and financial documents.
Care By Design held a press conference and support rally at the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse on June 16 at 11 a.m. PT. Hours later, according to The Press Democrat, Dennis Hunter, founder of Care By Design, was released from custody on no bail and with no charges filed against him.
“Our main focus is resuming operations and providing our thousands of patients with the medicine that they depend on. For some of our patients this is truly a matter of life or death,” said Nick Caston, a spokesman for CBD Guild, in a press release on June 19.
“Care By Design has resumed oil-making operations in Santa Rosa this week,” the SFGate reported on June 20.
While operations have resumed, Care By Design has also released video evidence to prove that its labs extract cannabis oil with non-flammable CO2, not butane.