Burleigh County passes medical marijuana ordinance

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 1:38 PM CDT
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In 2016 North Dakota passed the Compassionate Care Act, allowing the use of medicinal marijuana in the state.

Part of the Act requires that counties give their approval of a location before the state approves it.

Burleigh County has passed their ordinances regarding Medical Marijuana dispensaries, accepting that changes may need to be made.

The Burleigh County Commission approval was the final step on the road for the county's medical marijuana policy and it passed Monday night.

"You know it's all new to us so we're kinda lost as to which way to go so we can only follow what other counties have done, and other committees have done and hope it turns out for the best." said Jim Peluso, Burleigh County Commission Chairman.

An issue was raised with one section of the ordinance, but it was still passed.

"They can only be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and I guess the only issue I had with that is we don't know if that's workable. That should be up to the individual owner. I think it should be the same as a pharmacy," said Peluso.

The ordinance would have to go through another approval process to correct the problem.

"Our department has been working on it for probably about five or six months at this point. It's gone through the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission. Both levels there had a public hearing on it. This was the final step for us," said Ray Ziegler, building official, director of Burleigh County Building/Planning/Zoning.

The commission discussed that they may need to amend the ordinance going forward.

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