Moorhead Planning Commission to explore prescription for CBD products – InForum
MOORHEAD – At a Moorhead Planning Commission public hearing scheduled for Monday, October 3, officials will discuss a possible new municipal ordinance relating to licensing standards and zoning of businesses related to the sale and manufacture of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are a group of substances found in the cannabis plant, one of the main substances found in the plant being THC.
Currently, the city code has no language regulating cannabinoids, but a new Minnesota state law that went into effect in July allows people 21 and older to purchase edibles, such as than gummies, containing up to 5 milligrams of THC.
In the wake of the new state law, businesses selling so-called CBD products have sprung up all over Minnesota, including Moorhead.
The Planning Commission meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the Hjemkomst Center, 201 1st Ave. N., in Moorhead, will consider how the town will regulate these sales, according to Kristie Leshovsky, director of community development for the town of Moorhead.
Leshovsky said Monday’s meeting will focus on the zoning aspect of the new ordinance, which would essentially allow the sale of CBD products in areas already zoned for mixed-use, commercial and industrial activities.
She said a company making such products would be more limited in where it could locate.
Leshovsky said the other aspect of regulating CBD sales has to do with licensing. She said Moorhead was looking to put in place a licensing structure similar to alcohol and tobacco sellers, including background checks on business owners and a ban on selling products to anyone under the age of 21 years old.
She said under the envisioned licensing plan, companies whose cellular CBD products would be subject to compliance checks and would have to pay an annual fee of $125 similar to what tobacco shops pay.
When state lawmakers passed the law allowing CBD sales, the move surprised many community leaders in Minnesota, according to Mike Rietz, deputy city manager of Moorhead.
“It didn’t get a lot of publicity in the Legislative Assembly and I think it was kind of on purpose by the people who were sponsoring it,” Rietz said.
“We’ve taken the time to think about the challenges it presents to us and that’s really what we’re addressing here with this proposed order: managing where it’s sold and where it’s made,” Rietz added.