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Delray Beach commissioners approve moratorium ban on new CBD sales

Posted at 6:19 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 19:35:49-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — UPDATE: Delray Beach city commissioners agreed to temporarily ban new CBD sales for up to a year Tuesday evening.

The commission voted 5-0 to prevent any business from opening whose primary product is CBD.

Local CBD companies asked them not to pass it, and instead, council them on learning more about CBD and what regulation needs to be put in place.

It's possible for the city to allow new sales before a year’s time. It does not apply to any current business.

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On Tuesday, Delray Beach city commissioners are expected to vote on a one-year moratorium on new sales of CBD products.

A second and final reading of the ordinance is on the city commission meeting agenda. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The city says it wants time to put regulations into place for selling CBD products. If approved, the moratorium would take effect immediately and remain in place for a year. New businesses would not be able to apply to sell CBD products.

This measure would not impact businesses currently selling CBD products.

At least one business does not agree with the move. Pause on Swinton Avenue says it plans to protest at the city commission meeting. The business, which offers yoga, facials and more, says the ban is unnecessary.

CBD comes from a cannabis plant but does not get you high.

The comes after the governor recently signed a bill into law that creates a licensing program for hemp growers and allows the sale of CBD products as long as the THC level is less than .3 percent.

Kelly McCormick owns Pause in Delray Beach and the boutique store offers CBD products along with their tea and small food items.

"I would like to know what they think CBD is and why they think it is such a threat?" asked McCormick to the city.

McCormick said she does not agree with the city being able to temporary ban CBD stores.

"It is people’s right to have access to CBD products so I don't see the need for this," said Chloe Hill.

Commissioner Adam Frankel said it would be an all-out ban but would give the city time to look at any action they want or could take to regulate CBD in city limits.

"To answer some of these things, there is a lot of new information and guidelines that the city attorney wants to look at," said Frankel.

Frankel said businesses who already sell CBD will be safe, but new businesses who are a CBD storefront will not be allowed if the moratorium is passed.