Perham considering opting out of possible THC sales ban in Otter Tail County – Perham Focus


PERHAM – The town of Perham discussed passing its own ordinance to opt out of a possible county-wide ban on the sale of THC-flavored food and drink at the Perham Committee plenary meeting Wednesday, October 26.

City manager Jonathan Smith said the city has drafted an ordinance.

This means that instead of banning THC products, the city hopes to create rules and regulations to guide the sale of these products. The current plan is to regulate THC products in the same way as tobacco sales guidelines, such as the requirement for a license, background checks on an applicant, how to display products and to who they can sell the products to. Currently, customers must be over 21 by law.

The city is trying to be proactive in order to prevent Perham from being banned from selling THC if the county were to abide by the ban.

“Perham has several businesses that sell or have inquired about the sale of legalized THC products,” Jonathan Smith said in a statement to Perham Focus regarding the order. “Forbidding them to do so would impair their ability to do business. We believe that we can regulate the sale of products in a way that remains responsible, safe and in the best interest of our community while supporting our local businesses. “

Check back with the Perham Focus for updates on the order and its contents once it is finalized. The county is holding a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Government Services Center regarding the moratorium.

During the meeting, councilors also discussed:

  • The PACC tentatively plans to open the front the first week of January. Until then, they will continue to use the rear entrance and parking lot.
  • The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 5:15 p.m. and the next Committee of the Whole is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 at 5:15 p.m.

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