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US (AL): County enacts medical cannabis ordinance

Medical cannabis business owners will need to stop by the Lauderdale County permit office before submitting their license application to the state after the board of supervisors adopted a medical cannabis ordinance on December 15.

Board Attorney Lee Thaggard said the county’s ordinance was built on a sample ordinance from DeSoto County. The northwest Mississippi county had put together a committee to study the medical cannabis issue and develop the ordinance’s language, he said.

The ordinance requires business owners to receive an annual business permit to establish cannabis cultivation, processing, testing, disposal, or dispensary businesses in unincorporated areas of the county. A $1,000 application fee is required for first-time applicants, and an additional $500 fee is required to renew a permit each year.

In addition to requirements laid out in the state medical cannabis law, Lauderdale County businesses will be subjected to additional restrictions. Any research, cultivation, testing, transportation or disposal facilities will have to be located at least 100 feet away from a property line, and no medical cannabis businesses will be allowed to open in existing subdivisions.

Read more at meridianstar.com


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