THC, CBD zoning discussion filed by St. Cloud Planning Commission

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ST. CLOUD ― The St. Cloud Planning Commission filed its discussion Tuesday evening to determine where cannabinoid products, including hemp-derived THC and CBD, can be sold in the city. The commission will discuss zoning on cannabinoid products at its next meeting in October before giving its recommendation to St. Cloud City Council.

The way the draft ordinance was written, retailers could not sell cannabinoid products within 1,320 feet of public parks, places of worship, and schools, and retailers must also be at least 1,320 feet away. less than 1,320 feet from another establishment selling cannabinoid products, eliminating sales in most of St. Cloud. At its Tuesday meeting, the commission also discussed a 350-foot separation of retailers from parks, schools and places of worship, rather than 1,320 feet.

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Tobacco and alcohol sales do not have similar zoning restrictions in St. Cloud, with the exception of licensed alcohol sales within 1,500 feet of St. Cloud State University .

Community Development Director Matt Glaesman said if an ordinance passes, the majority of stores currently selling THC and CBD in St. Cloud would continue to operate but become legally non-compliant. Legal non-compliance refers to land uses or structures that were legal when established but have since become non-compliant due to a change in legislation.

Minnesota legalized the sale of certain hemp-derived cannabinoid products like gummies and THC drinks in July. St. Joseph, Sartell, Cold Spring and St. Augusta have already imposed moratoriums on THC sales. Waite Park is also considering a moratorium.

Becca Most is a city reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Contact her at 320-241-8213 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @becca_most.

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