Erth Dispensary would like to open in downtown Cedarburg, but to do so, the Cedarburg Common Council would have to allow CBD dispensaries as a permitted use in the downtown business district. Pictured from left in the store’s Bay View location are Erth Dispensary employees Selina Reyes, Jason Ranic, owner Jennifer Kawczynski, Cole Compton, Patrick Donnell and Cheyenne Coad. (Photo: Jeff Rumage/Now News Group)
A CBD dispensary that had planned to open in Cedarburg last month may not open at all, if the Cedarburg Common Council follows the Plan Commission’s recommendation not to allow CBD dispensaries as a permitted downtown use.
Jennifer Kawczynski, the owner of Erth Dispensary in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, had plans to open a second store in downtown Cedarburg, in the former Glad Rags Resale Shoppe at W61 N510 Washington Ave.
Erth Dispensary specializes in products containing CBD, short for cannabidiol, which is a non-high-inducing cousin of marijuana. CBD is extracted from hemp, but by law it must contain less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive THC component found in marijuana.
Kawczynski said she received her occupancy permit from Cedarburg’s building inspection department in early March. At that point, Kawczynski said she started making renovations, and has since invested $10,000 in the space.
About 20 days after receiving what she thought was her only required approval, she received a letter from City Planner Jon Censky stating the city’s zoning code does not list CBD stores as a permitted use in the city’s central business district.
The move to categorize CBD dispensaries as its own separate zoning use is somewhat unusual in the greater Milwaukee area. In Whitefish Bay, for example, a proposed CBD shop has been categorized as a specialty retail use, which is allowed in the downtown business district.