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Fergus Falls working on THC ordinance to avoid temporary countywide ban

The city council is creating its own ordinance, which would supersede a temporary countywide ban. That means a moratorium on THC products in Otter Tail County would not impact Sugar High Consulting and Dispensary, located in the heart of Fergus Falls.

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Sugar High Consulting & Dispensary in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Fergus Falls leaders are preparing their own THC ordinance as Otter Tail County works to potentially temporarily ban the products.

County commissioners said the ban on Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) edibles will be in place so they can have time to prepare their own rules and regulations.

Two stores selling Delta-9 THC products already opened up in Fergus Falls since the state legalized them.

Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer, who spoke with WDAY News, said they want to make their own rules before a potential countywide ban.

He said it would be in line with tobacco rules, with things like licensing fees and location requirements, though city council members are still hashing out the details.

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"When the state passed this, it was ambiguous, there wasn't a lot of clarity, and a lot of communities are just outright passing moratoriums," Schierer said. "But we have two businesses that are currently operating, and so we want to make sure that they continue to operate because they came to the city."

The city council is creating its own ordinance, which would supersede a temporary countywide ban. That means a moratorium on THC products in Otter Tail County would not impact Sugar High Consulting and Dispensary, located in the heart of Fergus Falls.

But Emily McCune, the owner of Sugar High, still thinks a temporary ban is not the answer.

It's rooted in fear, politics and a lack of understanding, McCune said. "I feel it's a little insulting to my intelligence and the hard work that I've put in for three years to educate the community," she said.

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McCune spent the past few years selling CBD products in Fergus Falls, evolving her business to a downtown storefront in August which happened to align with Minnesota legalizing Delta 9 THC edibles.

Delta-9 now makes up about 70% of her sales. She is focusing her brand on health benefits to cannabinoid products, while ensuring what she sells follows the new state law.

"We take this seriously, we want to help people who have debilitating discomfort, whether it be physical or mental," McCune said.

WDAY News spoke to Otter Tail County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who acknowledged potential health benefits to Delta-9 products. He said there is concern from the public about if more teenagers could acquire the goods.

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McCune does not sell any of her products to customers under 21, adding she feels having ordinances are necessary but thinks a temporary ban would be harmful.

If it goes through, she believes people near the county border would buy these products in other parts of Minnesota, causing the county to miss out on sales.

The county commission is not expected to vote on the moratorium for at least a couple of weeks.

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