Lake County Commission approves cannabis ordinances

The Lake County Commission has approved the second reading of two ordinances regarding the zoning and licensing of medical cannabis establishments in the county.

The zoning ordinance adopted by commissioners Tuesday provides definitions and establishes where cannabis dispensaries will be allowed, which will be as special permitted uses within a commercial/industrial district in the county.  According to the ordinance, the county is allowing up to two cannabis dispensaries, which will be allowed to operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., but not open on Sundays or federal holidays.  

The county’s licensing ordinance for cannabis establishments adopted by commissioners Tuesday sets the fee for those who want to apply for a county license at five-thousand dollars, with a renewal fee of five-thousand dollars as well.  Anyone seeking a license from the county will need to have a registration certificate from the state Department of Health in order to apply.  The licensing ordinance also outlines several other details regarding cannabis establishment licenses.

The ordinances approved by commissioners Tuesday will go into effect on October 4th.