Because their temporary moratorium on medical dispensaries expires within a few days, Lincoln County Commissioners enacted temporary county regulations dealing with them – and for where medical marijuana may be grown.
The above maps shows where the dispensaries may be located – mainly in commercial zones 1 and 2 – the same zones as any business that sells medicines – pharmacies and such. Medical marijuana infused in gummie bears, suckers or food items can be manufactured as a conditional use in planned industrial zones.
Under the new county rules no marijuana dispensary may locate within 1,000 feet of a school, certified and licensed child care center, pre-school, Head Start, Community Learning Center or Public Park. And dispensaries may not locate within 1,000 feet from each other.
On the second map, Medical marijuana can be grown anywhere in rural residential zones of 5 and ten acres with some restrictions and as an outright use in Timber Conservation and Agricultural Conservation zones. Marijuana grows (all indoors and secured) must be at least 250 feet from a residence on an adjacent property in RR-5 and RR-10 zones and 500 feet from a residence in Timber or Agriculture Conservation zones.
County Counsel Wayne Belmont said the new county rules are temporary as they are still waiting for final rules from the state legislature, which have yet to get out of committee, much less enacted into law.
The county’s new medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility rules do not affect rules enacted by cities within their boundaries.
Belmont said that it was his initial impression that the legislature was thinking about letting medical marijuana outlets also sell recreational marijuana. He said it no longer seems to be the direction the legislature is going. So, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about marijuana in general other than it’ll be legal to possess it beginning July 1st, as well as imbibers “growing their own” at home, and that commercial retail recreational marijuana sales will begin right around the first of the year.
Belmont reminded everyone several times that the county rules can be overturned or added to by whatever the state legislature decides by the end of the current session.