By JIM SECKLER/The Daily News
KINGMAN — Changing the county’s zoning ordinance to deal with locations of medical marijuana dispensaries will be discussed by the planning and zoning commissioners Jan. 12.
Arizona voters approved Proposition 203 during the Nov. 2 election allowing the growing, sale and use of medical marijuana. Under the new law, counties are allowed to limit the use of lands for registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries.
Medical marijuana can now be used for those with debilitating diseases such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C and other diseases. Patients are required to register with the Arizona Department of Health and can receive up to two and a half ounces from a dispensary every two weeks, or they can grow up to 12 marijuana plants if they live more than 25 miles from a dispensary.
The county commissioners will discuss changes to the zoning ordinance, including the dispensary being located in a permanent building, located in the same zoning as a drug store, located no less than 2,000 feet from another medical marijuana dispensary, located no less than 1,000 feet from a school or education facility, and located no less than 1,000 feet from a school bus stop, childcare center, library, public park or church.
The medical marijuana dispensaries cannot be located less than 1,000 feet from residentially zoned property, with some exceptions. The dispensary can be less than 1,000 feet from a residentially zoned property but cannot be less than 300 feet provided there is a 6-foot block wall and there is no access between the dispensary and the residence.
If the dispensary is within a city limits, then the more stringent of either the city or county setbacks will apply.
The planning and zoning issues will go before the county supervisors for approval at the Feb. 7 board meeting. The planning and zoning commission meeting starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at the board of supervisor’s auditorium at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.