Southaven medical marijuana zone discussion gets testy | News | desototimes.com – DeSoto Times-Tribune

Southaven will begin sending out letters notifying property owners who will be affected by the city’s new medical marijuana district.

The Board of Alderman on Tuesday gave their approval for the planning department to a proceed with the rezoning process and a map laying out the boundaries for two areas where dispensaries would be allowed.

Southaven opted out of the state’s new medical marijuana law in order to give itself more time to create a new zoning category that will allow for medical cannabis dispensaries.

The Commercial Medical zones would restrict where dispensaries can set up shop to a centralized area in the city north of Goodman Road around Baptist Memorial Hospital and in an area south of Goodman Road around Airways Blvd. and Physician’s Lane where there is empty property for medical cannabis businesses to build.

Planning Director Whitney Choat-Cook said in laying out the boundaries for the new medical zone, staff felt that the area around the hospital made sense because there are already a lot of medical offices, medical supply businesses, and vacant retail space there that can accommodate a dispensary, and that the additional area to the south has open land to develop if

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