Zoning Regulations Banning Marijuana And Hemp Products To Be Discussed

Edibles containing THC or CBD. Photo: Kiva Confections/Facebook

The Selectboard will discuss “zoning regulations regarding CBD and THC use and purchase availability," at the request of a Norwich resident that works in Community Health Outreach at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. The email letter was in the April 25th Selectboard packet under correspondence and carried over to the next Selectboard meeting scheduled for May 9th. 

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The letter’s focus is on “protecting youth from CBD access/exposure, until harm vs. benefits are known.” However, the letter includes concerns about THC as well. 

The “ask” of the Selectboard in the letter is for it to  “consider working with the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership and look at implementing zoning regulations on Hemp, CBD and THC oil, edibles, smoking, vaping, salves, honeys use in Norwich town building/ property, farmers markets, food stands, business until the science supports their benefit or safety.” 

Cannabidiol or CBD, a compound found in marijuana and hemp plants “does not appear to have any psychoactive effects such as those caused by” THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, says Wikipedia. Makers “of CBD claim their products are derived from industrial hemp, and therefore legal for anyone to use” in the United States. 

CBD is considered by some to therapeutic in a number of ways. As a result, CBD has made its way into a variety of products, such as soda, gum, and shampoo. Pills and oils are also offered for sale.  A May article online at the Rolling Stone website asks: "It can help treat pain, isn't addictive and won't get you high – but is CBD really the miracle drug many believe it to be?" See How CBD Became the Unexpected Star of Legalized Pot.

Dover, Vermont is considering a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, after the Selectboard was approached about the possibility of opening a dispensary in town, according to a recent VTDigger story. The story did not indicate whether the ban includes all products containing CBD.
My understanding is that the retail sale of marijuana is not permitted in Vermont, even after July 1, except through medical marijuana dispensaries.

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