Scottsdale leaders are holding a council discussion May 17th in hopes of imposing stricter city rules for medical marijuana dispensary sales. The recent inquiry surfaced after the arrival of three new dispensaries in Scottsdale. Although local authorities and City officials have told the Council there have been no complaints or problems with the dispensaries, a majority of council members support the increase in regulations. Arizona Natural Selections Founder, JP Holyoak, gave his opinion saying, “I think these are businesses that should be treated like any other. When you look at the impact on the surrounding community, it’s no more than any other business.”
Scottsdale’s current zoning code forbids dispensaries from operating within 1,320 feet of one another or within 500 feet of a neighborhood or school. The Phoenix City Council approved new rules requiring a full mile of separation between dispensaries and a quarter-mile from churches, shelters, and day-cares earlier this year. There is a strong possibility that similar regulations could be implemented with majority rule from the Scottsdale City Council.