City Council Acts on Local Cannabis Laws
The City Council approved a moratorium on the sale of cannabis products in Owatonna at its August 15 meeting. In addition, an ordinance prohibiting use of cannabis products in public places was approved.
Moratorium on cannabis sales
The moratorium will allow City staff time to consider model ordinances for local regulations regarding the sale of cannabis products in Owatonna. It also authorized a local legislative study on the operation of cannabis businesses. The moratorium does not include cannabis-related products considered as ‘edibles’ covered by State Statute in Sec. 151.72 MN Statutes.
Use of cannabis in public places prohibited
The new ordinance prohibits use of cannabis in public places such as parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, fairgrounds, golf courses, the library, post office and playgrounds.
State legislation adopted earlier this year legalized adult use of cannabis in Minnesota and created a regulatory framework for businesses to sell it. As of August 1, possessing, using and growing cannabis at home became legal (with limitations). Minnesota’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is expected to begin issuing business licenses to sell cannabis products beginning in January, 2025. Over the coming year, City staff will develop local regulations pertaining to sales for the City Council to consider. A new ordinance may be adopted similar to those relating to the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
For additional information, visit owatonna.gov to view Ordinance 1652 or Ordinance 1653.