Tucson to establish special zoning rules for 'social equity' marijuana dispensaries – Arizona Daily Star

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Jars of some of the varieties of flower are displayed at a Tucson dispensary. Tucson is preparing specific zoning regulations for adult-use marijuana facilities receiving social equity licenses as the state’s health department is set to announce which entities will receive them in the coming weeks.

Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star, File Nicole Ludden

Tucson is preparing specific zoning regulations for adult-use marijuana facilities receiving social equity licenses as the state’s health department is set to announce which entities will receive them in the coming weeks.

The city’s mayor and council voted unanimously last Tuesday to direct city staff to begin drafting a special exception process that would impose certain conditions on recreational facilities in city limits.

A key provision of Prop. 207, which legalized adult-use recreational marijuana in the state, calls for Arizona to release 26 social equity licenses to “people from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services is revealing the winners of those licenses in a lottery-style drawing on Friday, April 8.

The City Council’s discussion on

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