Bentonville to Make Zoning Changes For Medical Marijuana

Bentonville to Make Zoning Changes For Medical Marijuana

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Amendment 98 gives some new rules and regulations for medical marijuana. Now cities are working to make sure they’re up to date with local legislative changes. On Septmber 12th, Bentonville’s City Council will make a decision on medical marijuana zoning. According to the Amendment text, there will be no less than 20 and no more than 40 dispensaries in Arkansas. It also says there will be four to eight cultivation centers in the state. When it comes to where to build the facilities, the City of Bentonville says there are more rules that must be followed and that’s what the city council votes on in a regular meeting on September 12 th . Bentonville’s Community and Economic Director Brian Bahr says cultivation centers and dispensaries must be treated no differently than a licensed pharmacy. But there are a few extra rules they’ll need to adhere to. Bahr says, "They cannot be within 1,500 feet of a public or private school, daycare, or church, and so what happens is you have to start narrowing down that search. You potentially put a radius around all those different churches – that 1,500." Bahr says the places you can put dispensaries and cultivation centers shrinks once you look at a map with those stipulations on it. He says additionally, in order to meet pharmacy code, the facilities have to be in a C2 zone, or a general commercial zoning area, in order to operate. The Bentonville City Council meets on September 12 th at 6:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers in Downtown Bentonville. Bahr says there will be action taken on this measure at the meeting. Full Amendment Legislation here .

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