The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday passed legislation that could clear the way for a medical marijuana dispensary to set up shop in the office building at 4201 Northview Drive, across Route 197 from the Bowie Town Center.
The bill reduced the buffer distance required between a medical marijuana facility’s property line that of certain residential zones from 500 feet to 300 feet.
The residential zone buffer was a sticking point for The SENTEL Group, which has a state license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Prince George’s County and has its sights set on the Northview Drive site.
County Council member Todd Turner, who lives in Bowie and represents District 4, which includes the city, opposed the bill, which passed on a 5-3 vote.
“One of the concerns I’ve had with this particular piece of legislation was what the factual basis was for us reducing the amount of distance between this use and other uses,” Turner said. “I have not heard enough information for me … to be able to support this legislation.
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