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Stillwater Looks into Ordinances to License Massage Therapists, Prohibit Sale of Pipes at Tobacco Shops

Stillwater Police Chief John Gannaway told the City Council Tuesday night that he is working with the city attorney to craft ordinances requiring licensure for massage parlors and tightening up regulations on tobacco shops.

Chief John Gannaway told the City Council Tuesday night that he is working with the city attorney to craft ordinances requiring licensure for massage parlors and tightening up regulations on tobacco shops.

After  last month, the police chief said he is looking into developing an ordinance that would require massage therapists to be licensed by the city.

The ordinance would require certain levels of training, expertise and education before the massage therapist would be granted licensure, Gannaway said. “That way if we have an incident—or a series of incidents like we’re having at this particular place—we can pull the license.”

As long as the licensure fees aren’t excessive, Gannaway said he didn’t believe “professional” massage therapists would have an issue with licensing.

that covers a lot of regulations, Gannaway said. The city could look at the possibility of enacting an ordinance similar to the one Woodbury recently adopted.

Restricting Pipe Sales at Tobacco Shops 

The police chief also plans to bring an ordinance before the City Council that would aim to prohibit tobacco shops from selling pipes and other types of paraphernalia.

Many tobacco shops in the Twin Cities metro are starting to look like the “head shops of the 70s,” where they’re selling anything but tobacco, Gannaway said. “We’re looking at a way to prohibit the sales of pipes and water pipes and all the other stuff.”

Moorhead recently passed an ordinance that has stood up to all the legal challenges, the police chief said. Gannaway has been working with City Attorney Dave Magnuson, in the hopes of bringing a similar ordinance to the council next meeting to help regulate the sales of smoking paraphernalia.

In addition, the city has also fielded a request for business to start a hookah parlor.

“We have some issues with that, as well,” Gannaway said.

The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits hookah parlors, the police chief said. That business also proposed a vending machine where customers put tobacco and rolling papers inside to get cigarettes.

“That’s a gray area because you can’t sell single cigarettes and you also can’t have vending machines,” Gannaway said.

David Korte April 04, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Mahalo Chief for always looking for ways to keep us safe!
mike April 04, 2012 at 08:30 PM
"selling anything but tobacco" is a flat out lie.
Don Need April 05, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I am a chiropractor in http://www.drstilldc.com Longview, WA massage therapy is so important to what I do. It allows me to provide a more complete service treatment plan for my clients. I hope that the legislation can help keep the massage therapy industry pure
mike April 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
They need to bust real people selling dope but they won't they play the blame game there are real police doin real work in the twin citys in stillwater its pull over drunks on the weekend but all the other times there in the holiday gas station off osgood doin nothing check it out at nite ill have it on YouTube soon folks I will show you there true colors ......
JL Mossak January 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Why should Doctors of Chiro be any different than PIs? Our employees conduct can jeopardize our license, so I assume the licensing for that massage therapist would be under your DC license the same way. I think that would be fair. If they want to carry their own license, they can, but while working for you, it should be under your license.

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