Cannabis, sex toys and free speech issues collide in Isanti

Updated: August 12, 2019 10:52 PM

The city of Isanti has told the owner of a new CBD store to stop selling what the city said are illegal glass pipes and sex toys.

The "CBD Joint" opened on Highway 65 in late July and owner Dennis Buchanan told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he is considering legal action to sell glass pipes for his CBD customers. He also challenged the city of Isanti to define exactly what a sex toy is under city ordinances.


"Right now, they have not been able to define what is and what isn't a sex toy," Buchanan said.  "And CBD is used as a medicinal tool and glass pipes are a way to deliver that medicine. And I think that violates my First Amendement free speech rights."

Buchanan said he has pulled a lot of his massage products from store shelves and is not selling his glass pipes until he gets a legal ruling on what he is allowed to sell.

"I want to be a responsible business owner and will do what they tell me to do," said Buchanan.  "But I do plan on filing a lawsuit in the next few days because I believe I have legal products and have a right to sell them."

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But Isanti Mayor Jeff Johnson told KSTP Buchanan is missing the point because this is not about the legality of CBD, or any other product he wants to sell.

"This is about due process and city ordinances that need to be followed for this stuff," Johnson said.  "Mr. Buchanan has not sought one single permit, or license, to sell some of his products which are clearly defined in city ordinances right now."

Johnson said Buchanan has not even talked with anyone from the city about his business plans or operation. And the fact he has not pulled the proper permits is the heart of the whole issue.

"He has talked with KSTP more than he has talked with me or anyone at the city," Johnson said.  "He even sits in the middle of a business district which has even stricter regulations than other parts of the city and yet he has not received any permits or licenses to operate."

Buchanan said he is "working on the lawsuit as we speak" and intends to have something filed in district court "within a few days.'

Isanti does not comment on pending, or possible, litigation.

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