Where City Council landed on medical marijuana rules

Simplified: Sioux Falls City Council on Tuesday passed an amended set of rules for medical marijuana dispensaries. Here’s a look at the changes from the original proposal.

Why it mattersTuesday’s vote is the culmination of months of work by city government in looking at possible time, place and manner restrictions for medical marijuana now that it’s legal statewide. The rules kept a cap of five dispensaries as well as a ban on cultivation and manufacturing facilities.  The council did loosen some restrictions by lowering fees for businesses, adjusting the process to get a license and allowing license holders to transfer – i.e. sell – licenses to others in a way similar to current liquor license rules. Other changes failed to pass, including two amendments from Councilor Pat Starr – one looking to remove the cap on the number of dispensaries, and another removing limitations on how dispensaries can market or display what they’re selling. Councilors called the final ordinance – which passed 7-1, with Starr

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