CBD discussion moves to Grafton
Plan Commission will take up zoning that allows dispensaries

By Melanie Boyung - Special to the News Graphic

June 20, 2019

GRAFTON — The cannabidoil conversation is moving into Grafton.

The village of Grafton Plan Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Grafton Village Hall, and is scheduled to discuss cannabidoil, commonly called CBD, and how a CBD dispensary could fit into the zoning code.

Development Director Jessica Wolff said the village does not have a specific request for a dispensary at this time.

According to a staff report from Wolff, the Grafton zoning code is silent on the matter of CBD, which means its sale is currently not allowed in any Grafton zoning district.

Wolff’s report defined CBD, which is a non-intoxicating derivative of the cannabis plant that is sold in its plant and flower form and added to products such as oil, lotions, food and pet treats.

She noted “such products are advertised to treat conditions such as chronic pain, depression and anxiety.

Cannabis plants with 0.3 percent or less of THC – tetrahydrocannabinol – are defined in Wisconsin as industrial hemp; cannabis plants with more than 0.3 percent THC are marijuana., according to the report.

The staff report stated the Plan Commission could discuss the definition of a CBD dispensary or minor CBD product sales, which zones they could be allowed in, whether they should be permitted by right or conditional uses and other related factors.

Wolff further noted in the report that laws on CBD are not clear. While law allows and licenses industrial hemp farms, CBD is also an active ingredient in at least one medication, and there are federal FDA regulations prohibiting sale of food or drink that includes government- approved medications.

CBD has been under discussion in neighboring Cedarburg, where Erth Dispensary, a store specializing in CBD products, sought a permit to open there.

The Cedarburg Plan Commission recommended and the Common Council agreed that zoning for CBD dispensaries should not be allowed in the historic downtown. Discussions about whether to allow them in the south business district are still ongoing.

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