City Council postpones vote on medical marijuana regulations

City Council postpones vote on medical marijuana regulations

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Buy Now MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file MIKE SIMONS The City Council on Wednesday postponed a vote on land-use and zoning regulations for medical marijuana businesses operating in Tulsa. “We are just asking legal to re-evaluate a couple of things,” said Councilor Blake Ewing. City attorneys will examine whether the definition of marijuana needs to be in the ordinance, since it is already included in state law, Ewing said. They will also work to clarify where different types of processors can do business, according to Ewing. The rules would address such things as spacing requirements, building standards, and where the businesses can operate. They apply to all aspects of the industry — cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries and testing sites — with slightly different regulations for each. For example, only dispensaries would be subject to spacing requirements. According to the proposed ordinance, they could not be within 1,000 feet of each other. All medical marijuana facilities operating in the city would have to be in enclosed buildings, with no drive-in windows or lanes allowed. The facilities must have a ventilation system that prevents odors from being detectable outside the property on which the business is operating. Dispensaries operating in multitenant buildings would need a ventilation system that prevents odors from being detectable outside the business. The new regulations would also require that medical marijuana facilities have an electronic security system and surveillance camera and are licensed by the state and in compliance with all state Health Department regulations. Where the city’s regulations would differ the most from one medical marijuana business to another is in permitted locations of operation. Dispensaries, for example, would be allowed on land zoned mixed use, institutional mixed use, commercial, or industrial. Processing facilities would be allowed on property zoned heavy industrial, or by special exception […]

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