Rapid City Council introduces medical marijuana establishment ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City is following suit of cities and counties across the state, introducing an ordinance ahead of July 1, when medical marijuana hits legal status.
In the Council Working Session Wednesday, members passed the ordinance on to Monday night’s City Council meeting.
It calls to clarify the legal status of medical marijuana establishments; they will remain illegal within city limits until the state can work through it’s licensing process. It does leave open the possibility of changes or newly-proposed ordinances as the state clarifies its own rules.
“There are parts of the statute that are effective July 1, but those structural pieces – as well as the states granting of cards to people with prescriptions – those will be delayed after the July 1 effective date until the state makes its rules,” said Carla Cushman, Assistant City Attorney, City of Rapid City.
The ordinance also affirms that medical marijuana establishments are illegal anywhere in the city and gives the city six months to adopt a zoning ordinance to address the businesses.
The Council will meet Monday night and to take effect the ordinance must pass two readings.