Since Arizona voters have passed Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has until the end of March 2011 to adopt and enforce a regulatory system for the distribution of marijuana for medical use. The Act places an initial limit of approximately 125 non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries statewide, corresponding to one per every 10 pharmacies. Each county is also allowed at least one dispensary. The only location restriction on dispensaries and their associated cultivation sites is that they cannot be within 500 feet of a school.
However, Proposition 203 also gives Arizona cities, towns and counties the ability to enact “reasonable zoning regulations” that limit where the dispensaries and their cultivation sites can be located. Arizona cities, towns and counties also have until the end of March 2011 to enact these zoning regulations before the ADHS begins issuing permits for the dispensaries.
The City of Sedona must adopt regulations by the end of February 2011 in order to be in effect by the end of March. Staff has been reviewing draft and adopted ordinances from several Arizona cities and a model ordinance prepared by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. Staff is preparing a draft ordinance for discussion with the Planning and Zoning Commission beginning on January 4, 2011.
The full meeting schedule is as follows:
Planning and Zoning Commission Discussion:
Tuesday, January 4, 2011- 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 3:30 p.m. in Vultee Conference Room
Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing and possible recommendation to City Council:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
City Council Public Hearings and possible adoption:
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 – 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (tentative)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers (tentative)
The draft ordinance will be available on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the City of Sedona, Department of Community Development, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 and on the City’s website at: www.SedonaAZ.gov, under Community Development Department.
For comments or questions, please contact Community Development Director, John O’Brien (Dec 22 – Dec 30) at 204-7123, jobrien@SedonaAZ.gov and Senior Planner, Mike Raber (Before Dec 22 and after Jan 2) at 204-7106, mraber@SedonaAZ.gov.