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Hermantown enacts moratorium on edible cannabis

The Hermantown City Council approved a six-month moratorium to allow the city to develop regulations and explore options regarding the sale of edible THC products.

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Hermantown City Hall as seen on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
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HERMANTOWN — Residents in Hermantown will have to wait a little longer to sell or purchase cannabis edibles within city limits, despite a new Minnesota state law allowing for the legal sale and consumption of edibles containing small amounts of THC.

That's because the Hermantown City Council passed an ordinance Aug. 1 prohibiting the production or sale of edible cannabinoids derived from hemp for six months.

"This is a six-month moratorium just to deal with the legislative change that allows for the sale of these edible items," said John Mulder, city administrator, during the City Council meeting. "We just want to get a handle on what approach the city wants to take and to what extent we want to regulate, if any, those sales."

The ordinance stated that the city currently didn't have "zoning ordinances, licensing framework and other regulations" to address the new sales. It continued, stating that further study was required from city staff as well as input from Hermantown residents and other interested parties. No members of the public added comments on the ordinance at the meeting.

The ordinance went into effect immediately after the meeting on Aug. 1 after a single reading. It will remain in effect until Feb. 2, 2023.

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"Personally, I think it’s good that we take a step back and look at this, just to see if everything’s headed in the right direction," said Mayor Wayne Boucher at the meeting.

The ordinance passed unanimously.

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Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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