Sturgis passes amendments to medical marijuana ordinances | Local News | – Black Hills Pioneer

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STURGIS — The Sturgis City Council has approved the first reading of amendments to two ordinances which outline the zoning and licensing requirements and procedures for medical marijuana establishments within the city of Sturgis.

The city set the application fee at $7,500 annually for any cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, or dispensing facilities.

There would be a cap of four licenses for dispensaries within the city limits, but licenses for cultivation, manufacturing, and testing establishments would not be limited.

The council voted 7-0 on both amendments with one abstention from council member Angela Wilkerson. Wilkerson said because she works in law enforcement and under federal law, marijuana is still classified as an illegal drug, she believed it better to abstain from voting on the issue.

The city had initially passed ordinances concerning medical marijuana believing that they should have guidelines in place until the state determined its rules for medical marijuana.

The Sturgis Planning Commission first discussed the amendment changes to the ordinances at its meeting on July 13 and then made recommendations to the city council.  

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