Planning, zoning commission recommends cannabis ordinance approval


Brookings County Commission holds first reading

BROOKINGS – The Brookings County Commission and the Brookings County Planning and Zoning Commission met in a joint session Tuesday to take the next steps in getting ready for medical marijuana in the county.

Following a public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Ordinance 21-08.

If approved, Ordinance 21-08 will amend Article IV Chapter 4.02 titled “Commercial/ Industrial Districts” and add “prohibited uses,” “general requirements” and “definitions” related to cannabis establishments. The ordinance would allow cannabis dispensaries in those districts as conditional uses. 

According to Deputy Director of County Development Richard Haugen, there are currently five parcels in the county that are zoned commercial.

County commissioners also held their first reading on Ordinance 21-08. 

The requirements listed in this ordinance include that the maximum number of dispensaries allowed in the county will be five. It also states that a dispensary must be at least 1,000 feet from a public or private school. The hours of operation for dispensaries in this county must be within 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to the ordinance. 

The second reading for the ordinance will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 21. 

Initiated Measure 26, the medical marijuana measure that was approved last November by nearly 70% of voters, requires the first medical marijuana prescription cards to be available for patients no later than 140 days after taking effect, which was on July 1. The state is still on track to implement its medical marijuana program by the required Nov. 18 start date.

Voters are still waiting on a South Dakota Supreme Court ruling on Amendment A, which legalizes recreational marijuana. No timeline is available for when a decision will be made.

 

Contact Addison DeHaven at [email protected]

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