Council gives green light to medical marijuana dispensary in 2022, making it Mitchell's first – The Daily Republic


While the council unanimously approved Jordan Raftis’ application to operate a medical marijuana dispensary that will be located at 1005 E. Spruce St., his business cannot operate until Jan. 1, 2022. Since the city requires a $5,000 annual renewal fee for each license holder, City Attorney Justin Johnson recommended the council attach a contingency on the license for it to take effect Jan. 1, 2022, which he said would avoid having to prorate the $5,000 application fee.

“That’s what I recommend instead of trying to work on prorating it through the end of the year, which is less than two months away,” he said. “We conducted our preliminary review of the application, and it met all of the standards and requirements.”

Johnson also recommended the license approval be contingent on Raftis passing a fire inspection and meeting building codes as required by the city. Raftis’ business will be located in a storefront at the 1005 E. Spruce St. strip mall near Walmart.

Among the most notable building guidelines for dispensaries includes implementing a verification lobby separated from the portion of the business where marijuana is on display and sold in the establishment and security. The lobby is intended to allow each establishment to verify a patron seeking to enter possesses a medical marijuana card that’s recognized by the state as well. Sales must also take place inside the business, eliminating internet or any remote selling of medical cannabis.

While the city’s application process involves a lottery system, Johnson said it wasn’t used for the first round of the application opening since Raftis was the only applicant who submitted one by the Oct. 29 deadline.

As part of the city’s signage regulations, medical marijuana establishments are prohibited to display the words

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