Planning Commission to consider medical marijuana dispensary licenses Wednesday – Rapid City Journal   Recently updated !


Siandhara Bonnet

City staff will recommend denying eight medical cannabis conditional use permits during the Rapid City Planning Commission’s Wednesday meeting. 

Interim Community Development Director Vicki Fisher said they’re not sure if the Planning Commission will get through everything Wednesday morning and anticipates a follow-up special meeting the week after.

“Hopefully we’ll get to everything, but it’s unlikely that we will,” Fisher said.

There are 17 cannabis-related items scheduled for the Wednesday meeting, and Fisher said there could be 16 for the Dec. 9 Planning Commission meeting. There are 17 permitted site locations looking for a final zoning compliance letter, which is necessary to have to submit to the state Department of Health to enter into the licensing lottery.

Three of the conditional use permits on the Wednesday agenda are for amendments to a planned development overlay to allow a medical cannabis dispensary. Of the 17 total, eight are recommended for denial and nine are recommended for approval with stipulations.

Fisher said the commission will primarily look at buffering for each proposed location within the zoning. She said the requests are conditional use because they’re within 500 feet of a church, public park, child care center or residential zoning district.

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Dispensaries would be permitted and need conditional permits in central business, urban commercial, general commercial, light industrial, heavy industrial and shopping center one and two zoning districts. They’re required to be at least 1,000 feet away from public or private schools. 

The second thing the commission will look for is possible saturation of the dispensaries. She said the city limited licenses to ensure the number of dispensaries is limited and doesn’t change the character of the city.

“When we brought the ordinance forward to create a zoning document for medical cannabis

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