Concern over proposed legislation to change zoning requirements for marijuana dispensaries in Maryland –

Residents and officials in Prince George’s County worry proposed legislation will negatively impact community by taking away county council’s zoning control.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — Two bills moving through the Maryland General Assembly would allow cannabis dispensaries to open up next to liquor stores. Some in Prince George’s County say it’s a slippery slope and could have negative impacts on the community. 

House Bill 805 and Senate Bill 537 would change current distance restrictions for marijuana dispensaries, and stop county councils from establishing zoning requirements. 

Prince George’s County Councilmember Wala Blegay says its an overstep. 

“It removes the local control. What it does is it allows that everywhere that you have a liquor store, it allows you to have a marijuana store. What we’re saying is that we should be able to determine where they go,” Blegay said. 

She also voiced concerns over impacts to crime and home value. 

“We already have an increase in crime…and we don’t want this to assist in increasing crime. Also think about the value of the homes. It impacts the value of those homes and a marijuana shop adding it to that

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