Community Development Director Vicki Fisher, center, discusses zoning requirements for medical marijuana businesses at Friday’s Rapid City Council working session.
Kittrick Jeffries of Dakota Cannabis Consulting, right, shares his expertise with the City Council.
Rapid City’s City Council held a working session from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday to discuss medical cannabis policy. No action was taken at the meeting.
City Attorney Joel Landeen said the medical marijuana statute legalized by over 70% of voters is clear about what municipalities have regulatory authority over. Municipalities can regulate the time, place and manner in which cannabis businesses operate, which is mostly a zoning consideration. Time, place and manner encapsulates where businesses are located, what their hours can be, odor mitigation, and spacing requirements.
The state will be promulgating regulations on medical registration cards,