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Kanabec County Looks to Enact Moratorium on Hemp Edibles

The Kanabec County Board discussed enacting a Moratorium on the sales of hemp-derived foods and beverages within the county during their first meeting in August.

Back on July 1st, the state enacted a new law which made it legal to sell certain edibles and beverages infused with the cannabis ingredient THC. The board looked to impose a moratorium on sales until an in-depth study could be done to make changes to the current county code to protect public health, safety and general welfare of its citizens.

During discussions, Kanabec County Board Chair Les Nielsen touched on how drafting future language will need to be balanced for both businesses that wish to sell the products & safety when it comes to residents especially children and young adults.

Businesses within the county that have operated before July 1st will still be allowed to continue to operate as they were before the law went into effect.

The county will look to hold their planning commission along with a special public hearing to approve or reject the moratorium near the end of the month.

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