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ANNA MARIA – Because she sells CBD products, Edibles N More owner Mel Wendel wasn’t allowed to partici­pate in the Feed the Island art and craft show at Roser Church on Feb. 9-10.

Danielle Lynch owns and operates Blue Ribbon Events, a company that organizes arts and craft fairs in Michigan and Florida. In Anna Maria, these events require a city commission-approved special event permit.

On the morning of Feb. 8, Lynch received a call from Deputy City Clerk Fran Berrios informing her that CBD and hemp sales are not allowed in Anna Maria.

CBD products don’t contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the euphoric “high.”

Lynch and Wendel appeared before the city commission that afternoon. After Lynch requested Wendel and her husband be allowed to participate in that weekend’s event, Mayor Dan Murphy asked what they planned to sell.

Wendel said their Holmes Beach-based Edibles N More retail store and their affiliated Vape on the Go business sells CBD and hemp-based products including edibles, topicals and smokeables, and that’s what they’d be selling.

“It’s listed as an arts and crafts festival and you’re wanting to sell CBD products. It’s not an art or a craft. It’s something else,” Murphy noted.

City Attorney Becky Vose said, “If they’re going to do something other than arts and crafts, the permit needs to be looked at again.”

Wendel claimed the city already set legal precedent by allowing other busi­nesses in the…

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