US (SD): North Sioux City voters will decide whether to remove cap on medical cannabis facilities

Jim Zortman isn't seeking a seat for a local office, but the North Sioux City native and businessman is campaigning, nonetheless, in the days leading up to the November 8 election. 

Zortman is a member of a group that garnered enough signatures to get the city of North Sioux City to set a special election so that residents can decide whether to cap on the number of licenses for medical cannabis establishments in the city. "We're doing mailers. We're doing advertising in the local paper. We also have a few campaign signs out in the community," Zortman said. 

Zortman of North Sioux City Specialty Retail, LLC, and his two partners want to open a medical cannabis dispensary at 107 South Derby Lane. He said they paid the $1,500 application fee, worked with a licensed engineer to develop a site plan, and met all the other requirements but ultimately lost out in a lottery conducted by the state of South Dakota.

Currently, the city ordinance limits the number of establishments to four dispensaries, two growing, two processing, and two testing facilities. A "yes" vote on Initiative Measure No. 5 will remove all limits on the number of medical cannabis facilities. A "no" vote will leave the current restrictions in place.

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