Phoenix is considering stricter zoning regulations for medical marijuana facilities in advance of a possible vote on legalizing the drug for recreational use.
The changes would mean new medical marijuana sites would have to be farther from places of worship and residential areas, The Arizona Republic reported. Dispensaries would also have to follow new requirements about their distance from day-care centers, homeless shelters and youth community centers.
Phoenix Planning and Development Director Alan Stephenson said the zoning proposal is driven in part by a marijuana legalization measure that could go to voters in November. The city’s Planning Commission will consider the zoning changes on Thursday, and they may go to the City Council for a vote.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is still collecting signatures to qualify for the ballot. It would tax marijuana and allow adults 21 and older to buy, grow and possess the drug, with certain restrictions. [Read more at the Arizona Capitol Times]