City Council Makes Progress on Medical Marijuana Framework | New

BILLING – City council members finalized some medical marijuana bylaws on Monday night.

The emphasis was on zoning, and now it’s official: dispensaries are to be 300 meters from religious institutions, primary and secondary schools and public parks.

The zoning commission wanted to change that to 600 feet and limit the distance of residential neighborhoods to 350 feet.

City council has already rejected these ideas once, and the 1,000-foot rule is now in place.

Exactly eight medical dispensaries will be licensed within city limits, but Mayor Bill Cole says the process of setting up those stores is what council will focus on next.

“One of the things that remains to be done is to determine the cost structure. So what will the application fee, license fee, and renewal fee be? Said Mayor Cole.

Mayor Cole also said he hopes council will have the licensing cost structure before the end of the year.

Things like transportation, cultivation, and marijuana testing will still be allowed within city limits.

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