Norfolk city leaders to discuss pot sales plan for dispensaries at Tuesday council meeting – News 3 WTKR Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – A cloud of questions remains as to how exactly sales of recreational weed would be regulated by the state, but Norfolk city leaders are thinking ahead. Council members are working to figure out a plan to control where you can buy cannabis before sales are legalized in 2024.

“We will lay the groundwork at a minimum where we have some rules in place, especially with the CUP,” said Norfolk Assistant Director of Planning Paula Shea.

City planners and council members discussed the matter at a work session on September 27.

One of the proposals on the table is requiring a permit to open a cannabis dispensary, known as a CUP, or conditional use permit.

“We want to establish it as a use in the zoning ordinance,” Shea said. “Nobody can come in without permission from city council this way.”

City leaders are also proposing to keep dispensaries at least 1,000 feet from a school and daycare center. Hours of operation would be limited from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“These do not look like typical retail stores,” Shea said. “There’s no browsing as I understand. When you go in, it’s kind of like the DMV. You check in; you get a number.

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