Commissioners unsure if Madison County should allow medical marijuana dispensaries – WAAY

Medical marijuana could be coming to Madison County, if county commissioners vote to open the door for medical marijuana sales.

During the county commission meeting Wednesday, commissioners discussed the pros and cons of allowing medical cannabis in their jurisdiction.

Even though state legislators signed off on medical marijuana throughout Alabama, it’s up to city and county leaders to approve operations and dispensaries in their respective districts.

“Our decision is not if medical marijuana is beneficial,” said District 4 Commissioner Phil Vandiver. “I think that’s the Legislature’s decision, and from what I understand, I believe it’s a great place for them to start. Our decision is whether we let that come to rule Madison County or not.”

Businesses certainly think they should have the opportunity to dispense medical marijuana, with many already applying for a license application.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission is accepting requests for business licenses for cultivators, processors, dispensaries and integrated facilities. Applications will be sent out Oct. 24.

District 6 Commissioner Violet Edwards said the state received 179 requests for applications within the first six days of accepting them, and 19 of those requests came from Madison County.

However, business owners won’t get those licenses if the county doesn’t approve operations. Many commissioners

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