Lebanon votes to ban sale of CBD downtown

Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 19:18:20-04

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Lebanon’s planning commission voted to change the zoning for the area of the downtown square to prohibit the sale of CBD oil and products.

According to commission member Dr. Chad Williams, the planning commission recommended a moratorium on CBD to the city council. However, current businesses on the square will be grandfathered in.

Dr. Williams said he told commission members he thought it sets a dangerous precedent to ban a particular product.

One CBD business in the area told NewsChannel 5 that while the moratorium would keep competition from coming to town, it’s also morally wrong.

The owners of Blu’s Everything Hemp said they’ve seen CBD oil help so many people and they don’t why anyone would want to ban it because the substance can’t get people high.

According to planning commission chairman David Taylor who says the reason the commission recommended the ban was to preserve the character of the neighborhood.

"I think we just wanted to keep the square more upscale," said Taylor. "Rather than having those products as a single store."

Documents from the planning meeting show cbd oil sales as prohibited, though.

"If it's federally legal, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be sold," said Dr. Williams.