by Dennis Dalman
An updated cannabinoid ordinance that was approved by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting clarifies where cannabis (marijuana) products can be sold in the city.
Liquor establishments (bars, restaurants, liquor stores) will be able to sell THC beverages. THC stands for the tongue-twisting term “tetrahydrocannabinol.”
Tobacco stores will be allowed to sell other kinds of THC products, such as edibles like “gummies” containing THC. But tobacco stores will not be permitted to sell THC beverages.
Last year, the Minnesota Legislature legalized – with many restrictions – the sale and use of marijuana and its derivatives throughout the state.
A previous cannabinoid ordinance drafted by city staff and based on the new state law had been put on hold until it could be fine-tuned – mainly as to what kinds of businesses can or cannot sell cannabis products.
THC is the major psychoactive components of cannabis. It can be used as a pain suppressant, for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, as an appetite stimulant for people who have auto-immune deficiencies. Ingesting THC by smoking or by drinking THC-infused beverages can induce a “high, relaxed” feeling in some people.
(Editor’s note: Adults who buy and use marijuana and THC-infused products should take extra precautions to be sure they do not fall into the hands of children. Such products should be locked up securely, well away from minors. There have been reports of children having to go to emergency rooms for treatment after eating THC “gummies,” which resemble candy.)