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County approves first reading of temporary ordinance on medical marijuana regulations

The Lake County Commission and the county’s Planning Commission held a joint public hearing Tuesday on the first reading of a temporary ordinance regarding the issuance of local medical cannabis establishment permits and/or licenses.  No one presented any testimony during the hearing.  The Planning Commission then voted to approve a resolution recommending approval of the temporary ordinance to the county commission.  

County commissioners approved first reading of the ordinance, which provides for temporary zoning controls that will be put in place until the state Department of Health generates its rules on the issue. Commission Administrative Officer Shelli Gust said that people can apply for a permit, but applications will be denied at this time.  She said there may be something more permanent for the commissioners to consider within the next couple of months after the state establishes its rules and regulations. 

The ordinance was put together with the help of the state Municipal League, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, the state Public Assurance Alliance, and several attorneys.  

A similar temporary ordinance received second reading by the Madison City Commission during its meeting on Tuesday.

Medical marijuana becomes legal in the state on July 1st, but the state Department of Health has until the end of October to generate its rules. 

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