By Katherine R. Dougan
The Board of Aldermen on January 5 denied a conditional use request for a CBD oil and vape shop to open in the Hammett Crossing shopping center. The shopping center is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Hampstead Boulevard in Clinton.
“I think we all know that there’s some stigma, negative thoughts when it comes to these types of stores,” Joshua McCrory, the attorney representing Kanwaljit Singh of KSGJ Enterprises LLC, told the Board.
“The reason I ask the City to give Mr. Singh a little extra consideration is, to put it simply, the man runs a classy operation.” KSGJ owns and operates stores in Brandon and Brookhaven. “It [Brookhaven location] looks like you could buy a fine bottle of wine there,” McCrory said.
Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, is a chemical found in marijuana that is considered an effective anti-seizure medication and is used to treat two types of epilepsy, according to information on the Mayo Clinic website. It does not contain the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. Food, drinks and beauty products are among the many CBD-infused products available online and in retail and specialty stores.
A vape shop is a retail outlet focusing in the selling of electronic cigarette products. The major sellers for e-cigarette products are vape shops, supermarkets, online vendors and tobacco shops. Locally, vape products are available at Lucky Leaf Discount Tobacco in the Springridge Village Shopping Center.
Sipp Vapes was a tobacco store previously located at 121 Highway 80 East in the Clinton Crossings shopping center. The store, which is now closed, sold premium full-service E-cigarette and vaping supplies and products.
“I voted against requests from two previous vape shops,” Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion said, adding that he did so out of concern for the public health of the city. “Regardless of the level of the operation, that doesn’t change my opinion about the negative impact it will have on the city. I’m going to be consistent with my vote and vote against it.”
Ward 2 Alderman Jim Martin expressed concerns that since Hammett Crossing is a “shopping center with family-oriented type businesses, that this [vape shop] would change the character of the shopping center.”
The motion to deny the request was approved 5-2, with Ward 3 Alderman William O. Barnett and Ward 4 Alderman Keith Perritt the two dissenting votes. Perritt is employed at Planet of the Vapes, a store at 4800 I-55 North in Jackson that sells E-cigarettes and vaping supplies.
Businesses currently located at Hammett Crossing include Ritual Custom Tattoos, a tattoo and piercing shop for ages 18 and older; Got Nails, a nail salon; Chopstick Buffet Chinese restaurant; GameStop; Hibbet Sporting Goods; Playtime Entertainment; Rainbow retail store; Shoe Department; Sally Beauty, Inner Beauty Salon, WingStop, Family Dollar and Mister Car Wash. There is a vacant store next to Sally Beauty and a vacant building where Aaron’s Rent-to-Own was previously located.