Huntsville looking at permitting medical cannabis dispensaries –

The city of Huntsville announced Tuesday night plans to consider adding dispensaries to access medical marijuana.

In a press release, the city said it was “taking cautious steps toward participating in Alabama’s new medical cannabis system.”

Under state law passed last year, cities must pass an ordinance and inform the state if they are seeking to allow dispensing sites.

“After giving careful consideration to the new medical option, City administration believe making medical cannabis products available to qualified patients under the care of a physician would be beneficial for those suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses,” the press release said.

The city’s zoning committee of its planning commission is meeting Wednesday to begin evaluating zoning recommendations. An ordinance authorizing dispensing sites will be introduced at Thursday’s city council meeting and would be set for a vote by the council on Oct. 27.

“We’re taking a thoughtful and measured approach to make certain we get this right,” Mayor Tommy Battle said in the press release.

Birmingham’s city council did a first reading last week of an ordinance it will consider. Other Alabama cities that have starting the process of permitting dispensaries include Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Dothan, Daphne and Foley.

Huntsville officials emphasize that the dispensaries do not legalize or

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