St. Cloud City Council Agrees to THC Business Ordinance

(KNSI) – After almost an hour long debate, St. The Cloud City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that approved where cannabis-derived THC products can and cannot be sold.

The council voted unanimously to allow the sale of THC edibles in commercial zones regardless of the distance between other retail outlets, schools and houses of worship. The only commercial area is C1, which is classified as a business office park.

The planning commission had recommended that stores selling the product be at least a quarter mile apart and at least a block away from schools or houses of worship.

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During the public hearing, business owners asked for the distance restriction to be lifted. They believed that the shot would ban the sale of THC and CBD in many areas and put sellers at the mercy of landlords.

Councilor Carol Lewis felt the distance restriction was too burdensome for business owners and proposed removing the distance restrictions, saying: “I don’t want to make it too complicated because this is a legal product. And if you’re an entrepreneur trying to sell it, you don’t have to measure compliance all the time.

Councilman Mike Conway also had some issues with the original recommendations. “I think it’s a little too horrible. The whole center is cut off from something and I didn’t realize it until the business owner brought it up. If they don’t own the property, we screw them up because now their landlord can raise their rent knowing that they cannot go anywhere else.

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Conway said the city will put businesses at a competitive advantage or disadvantage depending on where they are located. He believed that the rules adopted at the beginning of this year were enough. “We now have licensing regulations in place. They cannot sell to minors [kids]. So whether it’s a liquor store next to one of the high schools or whatever, they’re still not allowed to sell to students. So I think it’s overkill.

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The new order will take effect in 30 days.

Cannabis-derived THC products became legal in Minnesota in July. Until gum and other edibles containing THC became legal, regulation was left up to individual cities.

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