WADENA — In an effort to perform further research on the matter, the Wadena City Council approved an ordinance placing a temporary moratorium on the sale of edible cannabinoid products derived from hemp during their regular city council meeting Monday, Aug. 15.
The decision comes after the Minnesota State Legislature amended Minnesota Statutes 151.72 to allow the sale of certain cannabis products derived from hemp. The zoning ordinances, licensing framework and other regulations of the city of Wadena presently do not address the issues presented by the expanded authority to sell certain cannabis products derived from hemp, the ordinance reads.
Chief of Police Naomi Plautz shared concerns about the department, even state, being able to test the potency of the gummies to know if they have a legal level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol — the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. The element that makes you high.) She also suggested the council think on where they would allow the sale of these items in the city when crafting an ordinance.