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Scottsdale could be the latest Arizona municipality to ban most recreational marijuana sales and cultivation within city limits before Prop 207 goes into effect.

The proposition, also called the Smart and Safe Arizona Act Arizona, was approved by Arizona voters and will legalize marijuana possession and use by adults 21 and older.

The new law, which takes effect tomorrow, Nov. 30, also allows for the creation of establishments to sell recreational marijuana. 

On Nov. 30 – the day the law takes effect – City Council will consider a new ordinance to heavily restrict recreational marijuana sales in the city and ban its use on public property.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale and transportation of recreational marijuana except by a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

Scottsdale would also ban marijuana testing facilities except for independent third-party labs that are certified and already authorized by the state. 

Prop 207 allows medical marijuana dispensaries to apply for state permission to sell recreational weed.

Cities must allow existing dispensaries to “to operate a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary and a marijuana establishment cooperatively at shared locations,” the new law states.

Scottsdale’s proposed ordinance would also ban the use of marijuana in public spaces, including bars, common areas at apartment buildings, entertainment venues, hotels, restaurants and stores.

Council’s approval of the ordinance would put Scottsdale among a small but growing list of Arizona cities and towns choosing to impose similar bans.

Both Gilbert and Sahuarita approved their own bans in October before voters even approved Prop 207.

Payson Town Council also passed its own ordinance in October allowing existing medicinal dispensaries to sell recreational pot and giving the Council strict oversight over new recreational outlets, according to the Payson Roundup.

The proposed Scottsdale ordinance appears

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