Sturgis holds 1st reading for medical marijuana ordinance – Black Hills Pioneer

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STURGIS — The Sturgis City Council, on the recommendation of its planning commission, has passed the first reading of a temporary ordinance concerning medical marijuana.

The council met Monday night in a joint session with the Sturgis Planning & Zoning Commission to deal with the ordinance in hopes of passing the measure before medical marijuana becomes legal in South Dakota on July 1.

The city’s planning commission would ultimately determine where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located and the regulations under which they would operate.

The planning commission doesn’t necessarily have to provide guidance on the ordinance, however, out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure the greatest ability to survive any court challenge, the city wanted a recommendation to come first from the planning commission, according to Daniel Ainslie, city manager.

The temporary ordinance will ensure that more comprehensive zoning ordinance and building permit changes, licensing permits, and any proposed amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan can be completely examined with adequate public comment from citizens, business interests, and medical cannabis industry representatives, he said.


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