What started as a simple discussion about a possible zoning text change turned into an hour-long conversation about marijuana. During that conversation, members of the Chadds Ford Planning Commission learned that a medical marijuana dispensary wants to open up in Springwater Plaza in Chadds Ford.
The exchange happened during the commission’s Oct. 14 meeting. According to township and commission solicitor Mike Maddren, at issue was a proposed text amendment that would allow for pharmaceutical sales in the PBC Zoning District. Currently, such sales are only permitted in the B-Business District.
“Specifically, it would add businesses that provide either medications or other pharmaceuticals by doctors’ prescription or order into the PBC,” Maddren said.
From that point, the conversation ultimately led Commission Chairman Craig Huffman to ask a rhetorical question: “Would you rather have a marijuana dispensary in Springwater Plaza or next to Brandywine Prime?”
The PBC District includes Springwater Plaza, Painters Crossing shopping center, a portion of the ground at Oakland Road at Route 202, a portion of the township at Brintons Bridge Road and 202, Olde Ridge Village, Keystone Plaza, and Brandywine Summit.
“Basically, it’s parcels that are mostly, if not entirely, along Route 202 in the business corridor,” Huffman said.
The current B District includes portions of the village area.
Marijuana dispensaries quickly became part of a wide-ranging conversation when newly appointed Commission member Kathleen Goodier asked if the change would allow for such dispensaries.
Maddren said yes because the medicinal use of cannabis is legal in Pennsylvania with a doctor’s order. Recreational marijuana — currently illegal in