SE City Councilors Get Cannabis Update


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SE City Councilors Get Cannabis Update

THC edibles

moratorium

continues

through Sept.

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye City Manager Bob Elston updated the city council Tuesday on a new state law that legalizes adult-use cannabis and creates a regulatory framework over the cannabis industry.

Last September, the city council unanimously approved an interim ordinance placing a one-year moratorium on cannabis sales. Elston said the moratorium was needed to protect kids in the community and was a starting point for studying cannabis sales.

“As the new (cannabis) law passed a few weeks ago is unpacked, we find that it’s different in many ways from the edibles law passed last July,” Elston said. “It’s also absorbing that (2022) law into the new 300-page law. Now, a lot of the (old) law is kind of out the window. Fortunately for us, the League (League of Minnesota Cities) Annual Conference is next week. There is a session on this topic.”

“I think we’re going to want to wait and see what the League’s advice is on all of this before we go much further with it,” Elston added. “The new law allows us to stop the sales until January 2025. We still have to deal (THC) edibles rules to some degree.”

Sleepy Eye City Attorney Alissa Fischer said the city can have a moratorium until January 1, 2025 which is when the Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management is expected to be operating. She said a public hearing would need to be called to discuss the moratorium.

“Basically, it’s a big law, a moving target. They’re creating a whole new office to regulate it (cannabis),” Fischer said. “License applications going to the new office of cannabis management go through the city but we can only look at it in a zoning and land use perspective. Long story short, we’re going to get a lot more information. I think it would be useful to delay (cannabis) sales until January 1, 2025.”

Fischer said cities are required under the new law to do compliance checks. The new state cannabis management office would get 80% of a cannabis sales tax and cities and counties would each receive 10% of the sales tax.

In addition, she said under the indoor air quality act, individuals can’t smoke cannabis at indoors public places.

The new cannabis law establishes labor standards for the use of cannabis and hemp products by employees and testing of employees, establishes expungement procedures for certain individuals previously convicted of a crime related to cannabis.

Possession, use, and home growth under this new law will be legal beginning August 1, 2023, and legal sales are expected to begin in January 2025.

For more information, visit lmc.org.

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As the leading website for alternative lifestyle news, we strive to stay ahead by providing the most relevant and up-to-date information for our readers. Today, we bring you an update on Sleepy Eye City Council’s discussion of the new state law that legalizes adult-use cannabis and creates a regulatory framework over the cannabis industry.

Last September, the city council of Sleepy Eye unanimously approved an interim ordinance placing a one-year moratorium on cannabis sales. The primary objective of the moratorium was to protect children in the community and provide an opportunity to study cannabis sales.

City Manager Bob Elston recently addressed the council regarding the new cannabis law. Elston highlighted that the law passed a few weeks ago differs in many ways from the edibles law passed last July. Furthermore, the new legislation absorbs the previous law, rendering much of it irrelevant. Fortunately, the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference, which will address this topic, is scheduled for next week.

Elston recommends waiting for the League’s advice before taking any further action. According to the new law, Sleepy Eye has the option to halt cannabis sales until January 2025. However, there is still a need to address the rules regarding THC edibles.

City Attorney Alissa Fischer explained that Sleepy Eye can enforce the moratorium until January 1, 2025, coinciding with the expected operational date for the Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management. She also emphasized the necessity of holding a public hearing to discuss the moratorium, highlighting the ever-evolving nature of the law and the creation of a dedicated office to regulate cannabis.

Under the new law, compliance checks are mandatory for cities. The state cannabis management office will receive 80% of the cannabis sales tax, while cities and counties will each receive 10%. Additionally, the indoor air quality act prohibits smoking cannabis in indoor public places.

The legislation not only legalizes the possession, use, and home growth of cannabis starting from August 1, 2023, but also establishes labor standards for employees using cannabis and hemp products. It also introduces procedures for expungement, aiding individuals with previous convictions related to cannabis.

Sleepy Eye and other cities will have to navigate this complex law while considering various factors such as zoning and land use perspectives. It is essential to remain informed as more information becomes available.

For more information on cannabis regulations and updates, visit lmc.org.

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