The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: Is it legal to buy cannabidiol, also known as CBD?

A: We had this question come to the Wonderline a few weeks ago, and information was provided by York County Attorney Christopher Johnson.

Then earlier this week the Nebraska Attorney General’s office addressed law enforcement officials throughout the state regarding this product:

“Recent reports of the potential sale of the controlled substance cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, compels the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office to issue the following restatement of Nebraska law regarding cannabidiol. This memorandum follows a similar memorandum issued to law enforcement on September 1, 2017.

“Cannabidiol has been and continues to be included in Nebraska’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act’s legal definition of “marijuana.” (See, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-401(13)). This means that, with two exceptions, cannabidiol is a Schedule I controlled substance.

“The first exception is for cannabidiol obtained pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-463 to 28-468. This exception was enacted in 2015 pursuant to LB390, which authorized the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to produce or possess cannabidiol for a limited, four-year medical study of seizures¬¬¬¬¬¬. The legislature’s authorization for the UNMC study presently will terminate on Oct. 1, 2019.

“The second exception is for cannabidiol contained in a drug product approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. This exception was enacted in the 2017 legislative session, pursuant to LB 487 which prospectively reclassified cannabidiol in an FDA approved drug as a Schedule V controlled substance. (See, Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-405. LB487 took effect on Aug. 24, 2017.)

“On June 25, 2018 the U.S. FDA approved “Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older.” Epidiolex is presently the only FDA approved drug product containing cannabidiol. Therefore, Epidiolex is a Schedule V controlled substance under Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-405.

“Therefore, with the exception of Epidiolex oral solution, cannabidiol or any product containing cannabidiol, obtained by any means other than the authorized UNMC study, remains illegal to possess, manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense. Such conduct is subject to prosecution for illegally possessing or trafficking a Schedule I controlled substance.”

Q: When will the county officials (who were up for reelection this year) be sworn in?

A: That will take place in the first week of the new year.

Q: I remember when I was a kid, my aunt made this dish for Thanksgiving called “corn pudding.” It was so wonderful.

No one in our family knows how she made it and we’re wondering if you could give us an idea of what was in it. Does anyone remember eating that as a child (because it seems like it was one of those old, great recipes that no one makes any longer)?

If I at least knew where to start, I could then tweak it to see if I could get it to taste like hers.

A: Sorry, we didn’t get this answered before Thanksgiving. We received it on Monday, but as you can see, Wonderline does not run until Saturday.

Anyway, went through some old church cookbooks (where all the best recipes live) and accessed a few memories as well to make sure this is the authentic version from decades ago.

We found one recipe called “Grandma’s Corn Pudding” – and who knows how to cook better than Grandma? Her version was to grease a two-quart casserole dish. Then in a separate bowl, lightly beat five eggs. Add 1/3 cup of butter (melted), ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of milk.

Then, whisk in four tablespoons of cornstarch. Stir in one 15-ounce can of corn and two 15-ounce cans of cream-style corn. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and bake for one hour.

We also found other recipes – some of them added a touch of cornmeal to the batter (about 1/3 of a cup) and others called for cheddar cheese. Otherwise, the ingredients were pretty much the same, as well as the same ratios.

Q: If someone is repeatedly caught shoplifting, shouldn’t the penalties become greater with each conviction?

A: Nebraska law provides for stiffer penalties when people repeatedly shoplift. At the point it is a third conviction, for example, it becomes a Class 4 felony.

Q: I’m just curious. Is the traffic light at Lincoln Avenue and the bypass traffic-activated? Or is it on a timer?

A: It is traffic-activated.

Q: What is the most popular soup in America?

A: In 2014, a nationwide survey was done and reported on by the Huffington Post.

The top four most popular soups were: Chicken noodle, tomato, clam chowder and potato.

They also included some interesting findings, such as:

• Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup every year.

• Eighty-five percent of Americans prefer broth-based soups and stews over creamed-based soups like bisques and chowders.

• Women are twice as likely to order soup for lunch as men are.

• The biggest bowl of soup was prepared in Holland in May, 2009. It held 7,042 gallons.

• The most expensive bowl of soup commercially available costs $190, from Kai Mayfair restaurant in London. What’s in the soup? Shark’s fin, abalone, Japanese flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, huan ham, pork and ginseng.

Q: Why are cranberries associated with Thanksgiving?

A: According to the University of Maine, American Indians used cranberries as a food source, to dye fabric and as medicine. The cranberry is one of only three commercially-produced fruits that are native to North America. Due to the importance of cranberries in the 1500s and their abundance, it is believed that the pilgrims and the American Indians would have eaten them at the first Thanksgiving.

Q: When did the theory and term of “Black Friday” start?

A: The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and we began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975.

Later, an alternative explanation was made that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black.”

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