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When the Sioux Falls Planning Commission takes its first look at zoning regulations for medical marijuana within city limits this Wednesday, they’ll include several, following an outcry from advocates and consultants last week. 

The newly-proposed ordinance does not remove the requirement that medical cannabis dispensaries be placed 1,000 feet from “sensitive uses” such as single-family homes, twin homes or townhomes, churches, schools, daycares, public use facilities and parks.

But now it would allow prospective owners to apply for a conditional use permit, which if granted by the city council, could allow a dispensary to be built only 500 feet away from sensitive uses.

This change would allow public comment on the proposed dispensary’s plans, and would require dispensary owners to take extra steps to create a clear barrier to separate the land from other nearby areas.

Dispensaries would still need to be separated from one another by at least 1,000 feet, regardless of whether they were operating under a conditional use permit.

More: Medical marijuana advocates say Sioux Falls’ proposed rules are ‘de facto ban’ on dispensaries

The ordinance would also allow medical cannabis testing facilities, defined as a business that “analyzes the safety and potency of cannabis.”

Testing facilities would also have to be 1,000 feet from sensitive uses, and are also eligible for

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Posted on: August 2, 2021, 11:29h. 

Last updated on: August 2, 2021, 11:29h.

Devin O’Connor

Las Vegas marijuana consumption lounges, places where recreational cannabis can be consumed, were legalized throughout Nevada earlier this year. 

A woman peruses the cannabis dispensary Planet 13 in Las Vegas. The venue is one of several in the Las Vegas Valley developing plans for on-site consumption. (Image: Planet 13 Las Vegas)

Nevada’s 2016 recreational marijuana law allows anyone over the age of 21 to legally purchase cannabis. But the legislation led to tourists, travelers, and even resident renters being put into a conundrum: where to consume?

The state’s recreational marijuana law permits consumption only inside privately owned residences. Using legally purchased cannabis from a recreational dispensary inside a casino, hotel room, or rental unit is illegal.

Remaining classified as an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic on the federal level, commercial casinos stay far away from anything related to the marijuana industry. Businesses and associates licensed in Nevada by the Gaming Control Board must refrain from any involvement in cannabis. 

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) recognized the consumption challenge for non-residents, and signed Assembly Bill 341 in June. The law gives the state’s Cannabis

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ATHENS — The village board is considering whether to opt in or opt out of permitting marijuana dispensaries.

Officials agreed to create a committee by the Aug. 11 meeting that would weigh the pros and cons of cannabis outlets in the village.

The move comes as communities across the Twin Counties consider the issue. The deadline to opt out is Dec. 31. If the municipality does not opt out, dispensaries would be automatically permitted in the community.

Village officials expressed diverse viewpoints on the issue.

“I don’t know if we want to opt out,” Mayor Amy Serrago said. “I have mixed feelings because the money would be good.”

Village Trustee Joshua Lipsman noted cannabis is now a legal product in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation March 31 legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana.

But there are other issues to consider, Serrago said.

“It’s a legal product, but the traffic in the village — that’s what I worry about,” she said.

There are steps the village can take to place parameters on how dispensaries are operated in the community, village attorney Tal Rappleyea said.

“If you opt in, then you have to look at how do we mitigate those potential issues,” Rappleyea said. “What zoning would you put

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IMPERIAL — The Imperial Police Department responded to a call for service in the subdivision of Savannah Ranch in the City of Imperial regarding an armed robbery Thursday, July 29, at about 9:07 p.m., according to a press release.

It was reported that a marijuana dispensary delivery driver was robbed at gun point. When officers arrived on scene, it was determined that there were no injuries to the victim. Detectives canvased the neighborhood for additional information and video surveillance of the incident.

Police are actively investigating the case and encourage anyone with information to call (760) 355-1158. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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A pair of Ohio lawmakers officially put their plans into action July 30 by formally filing adult-use cannabis legislation in the state’s House—the first of its kind in the state.

Democratic Reps. Casey Weinstein and Terrence Upchurch, both representing Northeast Ohio districts, first introduced their 180-page bill two weeks ago, which includes four major components: decriminalization, a cannabis excise tax, commerce and licensing, and medical cannabis.

More specifically, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control program would remain intact, and licensed operators could pursue additional licenses to enter the adult-use market.

According to a memo Weinstein and Upchurch sent to fellow House members two weeks ago, the bill would enable municipalities to restrict the type and number of cannabis establishments operating within their jurisdictions and require the Department of Commerce to adopt rules related to the licensure of cannabis businesses. And the bill would impose restrictions on the cultivation, processing, transportation and sale of cannabis.

Also, the legislation would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess up to 5 ounces of cannabis and grow as many as 12 plants for personal use.

“It’s time to lead Ohio forward,” Weinstein said in a joint press release issued Friday.

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ID marijuana ballot measure cleared for signatures; Court tosses OH cannabis decrim lawsuit; OR psilocybin report

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When recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois more than a year ago, Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s stated goal was to use the burgeoning cannabis industry to reverse the harm done to primarily Black and brown populations during the war on drugs. 

However, those profiting from pot sales in Illinois have been nearly all white men, a problem Pritzker hoped to fix by awarding social equity dispensary licenses. That effort has been hampered by lawsuits and criticism of the scoring process.

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Pritzker hoped to address some of those problems with House Bill 1443, which he signed into law this week. But Chicago State University cannabis educator Deborah Dillon says the legislation presents new problems.

“I think that the process as it was originally designed, where they were going to be two lotteries — one for the veteran-led teams and one for the non-veteran led teams — was going to be the perfect solution,” Dillon said. “However, as a result of HB1443 it seems that the veteran-led teams have three bites at the apple as opposed to just two since they’ve added a third lottery.”

Richard Wallace is the founder and executive director of Equity and Transformation Chicago, a nonprofit

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Organtica founder David White stands in the company’s Albuquerque dispensary. White helped found NM Micro Biz to help smaller cannabis producers compete with large out-of-state companies. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in New Mexico, growers – including large, established medical cannabis producers – are jockeying for market share.

But what about the smaller producers – the mom-and-pop growers trying to break into an industry that some feel has been weighted toward bigger businesses?

A new industry group known as NM Micro Biz just popped up that’s designed to provide smaller medical cannabis producers – so-called “microbusinesses” – with the tools and education they need to succeed in a market that may soon be dominated by bigger companies.

Organtica sales manager Grace White fixes a display of products at the company’s Albuquerque dispensary. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

“We need more local businesses, because the big boys are coming to town,” said Sarah Dolk, an employee at the New Mexico dispensary Organtica and one of the organizers of NM Micro Biz, along with Organtica founder David White.

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White told the Journal that the focus will be on creating voluntary collaboration between medical cannabis producers, including offering education and other resources

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SPRINGFIELD — After more than a year of delays, 55 new cannabis dispensary licenses have been awarded in a lottery — but the winners may face further delays and challenges.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 626 applicants who scored 85% or greater on their applications. Since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana last year, only previously existing medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed to also open retail shops.

A lack of cannabis flower could mean further delays for the new license holders who had to wait because of the pandemic and legal challenges to the application process.

Pam Althoff, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, said the state will have to assist growers in any way it can.

“Its tremendously important for the Department of Ag to give everybody the availability to expand to their highest level so that we can get that raw material out so these products will meet the demand once these dispensaries come online,” Althoff said.

Another obstacle faces lottery winners. A Cook County judge issued

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