PONDERING POT: Dispensaries proliferating with no end in sight, but there are challenges – Tahlequah Daily Press

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It’s no secret that the City of Tahlequah is home to a number of medical marijuana dispensaries – and there doesn’t seem to be any limit in site to the industry’s growth.

Tahlequah Compliance Coordinator Ray Hammons said there are 25 licensed dispensaries in the city so far, but there has been talk of limiting the number establishments like other municipalities are starting to do.

“That’s how many we have in the city that have licenses. Now some of those aren’t open yet, but they’ve got licenses to open,” Hammons said.

The former fire chief said the city doesn’t have an ordinance limiting the number marijuana dispensaries, but he knows of some municipalities that have taken that step.

“At some point in time, we’re going to have to do something, and I don’t know what the answer is going to be. There’ll have to be some research done, and I know that question has been raised at times,” he said.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jason Chennault said deputies responded to several burglary reports at dispensaries soon after medical marijuana was legalized in 2018.

“Luckily, they’ve

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