Casino, medical marijuana dispensaries zoning issues clear Danville planners – Greensboro News & Record


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The Danville Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to rezone the Dan River Inc. Schoolfield site for a Caesars Virginia casino and to amend its zoning ordinance to define medical marijuana dispensaries and allow them under permitted use.

John R. Crane, Lee Newspapers John R. Crane Lee Newspapers

Danville, Va. — A Caesars Virginia casino in Schoolfield and zoning that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries got recommendations from the Danville Planning Commission Monday afternoon.

Planners voted 6-0 in two separate votes for both items to head to Danville City Council for consideration during their regular meeting.

“We feel that a cannabis dispensary is something that will benefit the community and the citizens of Danville,” Planning Director Doug Plachcinski told the Danville Register & Bee Monday morning.

No one spoke during the public hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance amendment for medical marijuana dispensaries. Planners voted to recommend approval without discussion.

Planning commissioner member Art Craft was absent.

The commission’s vote recommends that the city’s zoning ordinance include a definition for a cannabis dispensing facility and amend the neighborhood retail commercial district to add cannabis dispensing facilities as a permitted use.

The city currently has no provisions in its zoning ordinance for cannabis dispensing facilities, Plachcinski noted during the meeting.

He pointed out the facilities would not offer recreational marijuana.

“These facilities provide specific products to medical patients,” Plachcinski wrote in a staff report to the commission. “Cannabis dispensing facilities are not adult-use cannabis stores.”

State code defines a cannabis dispensing facility as one that:

Has obtained a permit from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy;

Is owned, at least in part, by a pharmaceutical processor;

Dispenses cannabis oil produced by a pharmaceutical

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