Siandhara Bonnet

Seven of 16 potential medical cannabis dispensaries had conditional use permits approved Monday night by the Rapid City Council.

The council made its decisions after about three hours of discussion and appeals for applications previously approved by the city’s Planning Commission.

Planned development overlays were approved 7-2 for both 1624 Discovery Circle and 2421 Elderberry Boulevard. Both were the only applications that were at least 500 feet from a public park, church, residential district, playground or childcare center, which is among the zoning requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries. Council members Bill Evans and Pat Jones opposed those applications.

Council member Greg Strommen abstained from the item, as well as 11 other applications for medical cannabis dispensaries. Mayor Steve Allender was absent from the meeting leaving Council President Lance Lehmann to preside.

A majority of council members voted to uphold the Planning Commission’s decisions on Puffy’s 2120 West Main Street locations for suites 1, 3, 4 and 5. The commission approved the applications with a stipulation that only one location could have the dispensary if the state pulled the application in its lottery. The state has a Dec. 31 deadline for potential dispensary owners to submit all necessary paperwork to

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