The County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss making amendments to the marijuana dispensaries ordinance it established last month.
In early March, the board approved an ordinance that allows recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within Santa Cruz County’s unincorporated areas with newly defined buffer zones.
This week, the board will revisit that ordinance to possible redefine those buffer zones.
“What is if, is we’re just making language changes that make it comply with the way the law was stated,” Supervisor Manuel Ruiz told the NI on Friday in reference to the state’s regulations. “Ours was more restrictive as far as the distance between a church or school and a dispensary.”
The county’s recently approved regulations required a distance of at least a half-mile, or 2,640 feet, between each marijuana dispensary, as well as at least a quarter-mile, or 1,320 feet, between a dispensary and any churches, schools and/or parks.
County officials heard some opposition to those buffer zones when they approved the ordinance last month, including from Jim Kennedy, who said he was previously able to safely operate a medical marijuana facility under the older, less restrictive guidelines.
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