According to the new city ordinance that outlines the zoning regulations for medical marijuana establishments, licensed entities that sell and manufacture medical marijuana would be permitted to operate in highway business (HB) oriented districts, transportation, warehousing and commercial (TWC) districts and central business (CB) districts.
The newly created city ordinance comes roughly seven months after South Dakota voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in the state during the November 2020 election. The measure takes effect July 1, which legalizes the use and sale of medical marijuana throughout the entire state. However, each municipality has the authority to establish zoning codes and regulatory measures.
“There is importance in getting our regulations in place before the state laws become effective, and the zoning side of things will determine where these types of businesses can be located and operate,” said City Attorney Justin Johnson. “This is the first step in the process for the zoning ordinance, and then the regulatory and licensing regulations will be going on ”
While the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the zoning code in 5-1 vote, the Mitchell City Council will ultimately determine whether the ordinance is adopted. The council will hold its first hearing on the ordinance during