Medical pot live – proposed ordinance changes

As you’ll recall, the City Council delayed action last month on a medical marijuana ordinance. It was sent back to a council subcommittee, and it is discussing proposed changes right now.

The new draft ordinance could:

• Change the separation standards so that a dispensary cannot be within 300 feet of residentially zonedproperty rather than residentially used property. Deputy City attorney Guy Petzold explained that this change will allow for more locations in which dispensaries could operate. For instance, if there is a lone house in an industrial area, it would not preclude a dispensary from opening up.

•Change separation requirement from 1,000 feet to 600 feet from other dispensaries, schools, parks, libraries, child care facilities and community centers.

•Separation will be measured from front door to front door, as opposed to boundary lines.

• Delete requirement that dispensary employees have to wait 60 days for a background check before they begin working. They still must undergo a background check, but will be able to work on a temporary permit.

•Allow up to two dispensaries within a council district, instead of just one. (Although only three citywide will be allowed).

•Private patient records may be obtained only by search warrant or court order and not simply by subpoena.

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