Town Prepares for Pot Prop's Possible Passage
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Town Prepares for Pot Prop's Possible Passage
Posted by CN Staff on September 23, 2010 at 06:04:43 PT
By Shelley Shelton, Arizona Daily Star
Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona -- Town employees in Marana are working on new zoning regulations in advance of a statewide November vote on whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes.The initiative, Proposition 203, would allow the licensing of nonprofit marijuana dispensaries to sell marijuana for medicinal use, and it would allow at least one dispensary in every county.
If there's no dispensary within 25 miles of a qualifying patient's home, the patient would be permitted to grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal medicinal use.The Marana Town Council is looking to set guidelines in case voters approve the measure Nov. 2. The town is following similar moves by Tucson and Pima County earlier this month.The proposition already has certain regulations - dispensaries and off-site cultivation locations would not be permitted within 500 feet of an existing school, they would be required to have a single secure entrance, and cultivation would be allowed only in an enclosed, locked facility.But the town wants to limit potential locations as much as possible, said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson."The bottom line is to have the most legally restrictive regulations regarding growing and dispensing medical marijuana," he said. "We are going to find the policies that protect the health and well-being of our community."The Marana Town Council took up the issue at its Sept. 14 study session.When it came up, Councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler said she and Mayor Ed Honea initially expressed fears that creating such zoning regulations would make the town look like it supports the sale of marijuana or thinks the initiative will pass.But Councilman Jon Post relayed a story about his brother, who is an attorney, to remove doubts about setting new rules ahead of the vote.In an interview, Post said his brother is a lawyer in Montana whose law firm is representing a group of people who opened dispensaries in places that weren't favorable to the town where they were located.Such places can open pretty quickly, and it's hard to move them once they're set up, he said.Post said if one of his neighbors were to open a dispensary, he'd feel his family would be at risk."You don't know if somebody's going to go in there and try to rob the place or what," he said. "More so, it's the unknown of what comes with this, and if we don't make some zoning rules and laws, we could possibly get something we had no intention of having at all."Ziegler said the absence of specific zoning rules would potentially allow for dispensaries to open in strip malls or to put in drive-through windows before the council could take action.Post's comments to the council about his brother convinced her it is a good idea to make the rules now instead of waiting to see if the measure passes, she said."If we did wait and did nothing, these folks could come in and put these places up quickly, and we would have no say," she said. "We'll see. I don't think it's going to pass."Source: Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ)Author: Shelley Shelton, Arizona Daily StarPublished: Thursday, September 23, 2010Copyright: 2010 Arizona Daily StarContact: letters azstarnet.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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