Prince George’s County Council passes bill to limit cannabis dispensary locations – The Diamondback

The Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed a bill Tuesday limiting the locations for new cannabis dispensaries in the county to specific industrial and commercial zones.

Industrial zones include areas of employment, research and development, while commercial zones include retail spaces. In addition to limiting locations, the bill — CB-013 — establishes that cannabis dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet away from other dispensaries and at least 2,000 feet away from liquor stores.

Currently, Maryland state law mandates cannabis dispensaries be at least 1,000 feet away from each other and at least 500 feet from childcare centers, playgrounds and schools, among other facilities.

District 2 council member Wanika Fisher, one of the bill’s 11 sponsors, said the bill is designed to prevent an oversaturation of dispensaries in the county.

“I felt like the cannabis industry was being punished … because of the bad experiences around liquor and smoke shops in our county,” Fisher said. “It’s important to have lessons learned.”

Fisher said she proposed the bill after a county council bill that would force cannabis dispensaries to only operate in industrial zones failed in 2023.

Regulating cannabis dispensaries into only industrial zones would create an undue burden on owners,

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