Columbus City Council considers marijuana dispensary zoning rules

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Council is outlining where and how medical marijuana will be cultivated and sold, and it required some code changes to allow for decisions already made by the state of Ohio. 

Ohio has allowed three processors and five dispensaries in the Columbus area. 

The state already dictates that medical marijuana facilities can’t be within 500-feet of schools and churches. 

Columbus City Council member Priscilla Tyson said growing and processing would be allowed in manufacturing districts. 

Dispensaries would have to locate in C-4 commercial districts similar to those near High Street, Broad Street, 161 and Morse Road. 

“These locations, the individuals went through the state, and the state approved those and we’re saying to the community ‘Here are the four locations,’ I guess here are the four or five locations that’ll be in our community, and they have to make sure that they’re 500 feet away from schools and churches and things of that nature,” said Tyson. 

Medical Marijuana businesses would be required to obtain permits at a cost of about $1,900. Holders would be required to notify those within 250-feet of them the type of business they are operating. 

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