SE City Council OKs cannabis, edible THC ordinances

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved second readings of cannabis and THC product ordinances Tuesday.

Action on Ordinance 219 regulating the smoking or vaping of cannabis products where smoking is prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, came on a motion by Councilor Christina Andres, seconded by Scott Krzmarzick.

According to Ordinance 219, “use” means the smoking of cannabis products, inhaling or exhaling the vapor of cannabis products from any electronic delivery device and carrying an electronic delivery device that is turned on. Any person who violates any part of the ordinance is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

Action on Ordinance 220 for the rapid introduction of newly-legalized THC products came on a motion by Krzmarzick, seconded by Andres.

Edible THC products have become increasingly common and are available in a variety of flavors and forms that appeal to children and young adults and may lead to negative health consequences, according to the ordinance.

The City desires to enact requirements in an effort to prevent children and young adults from purchasing and using edible THC products.

No person may sell, offer for sale, give away, furnish, or delivery any edible THC product to any person under age 21. Ordinance violators are guilty of a misdemeanor, according to the ordinance.

The city council unanimously approved:

• A five-year joint powers agreement between the State of Minnesota on behalf of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the City to investigate and prosecute crimes committed against children using computers, motion by Krzmarzick, seconded by Gary Windschitl.

• Tabled Resolution 18-2022 for a Sleepy Eye Arena Association premises gambling permit at The Dawg Haus Bar & Grill, 300 1st Ave. N., Sleepy Eye. City Manager Bob Elston said the bar and grill property purchase is not final yet but he expects to be done prior to the September city council meeting.

Elston said a budget workshop is set for noon, Wednesday, Aug. 16 in the council chambers.

“I feel we’re in pretty good shape. We’re looking at a little (3.33%, $54,747 increase),” Elston said.


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