Portland Planning Board OKs new marijuana zoning map

November 30th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

The city planning board unanimously approved out a new marijuana zoning map Tuesday.

The proposal, which now goes to the City Council for consideration, would treat adult-use and medical marijuana businesses the same, allowing recreational businesses into the same zones where Portland decided to allow medical dispensaries and grows back in 2010.


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The zoning proposal is just one step in Portland’s journey to rolling out commercial recreational marijuana. The city also must adopt an adult-use licensing and permitting process, but will have to wait for the state to complete writing its licensing and testing regulations before it can do so.

“We’re taking a baby steps approach here,” Planning Director Tuck O’Brien told the board.

In October, the city adopted a three-month moratorium on all cannabis businesses to make the time needed to decide where they would be allowed. The council will consider the zoning plans soon, staff said. The moratorium lapses on Dec. 13.

Under this plan, Portland would allow marijuana grows, manufacturing and testing labs in most industrial zones, as well as a commercial zone that hosts businesses that serve highway traffic. Retail stores would be allowed in most commercial zones, including downtown.

Retail stores could seek a conditional permit in business community zones where gas stations, bars and breweries are currently not allowed to protect residents from noise and traffic, but the zoning changes do not guarantee access.

Under the proposed rules, only one zone – the B-4 commercial corridor zone intended to serve highway

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/27/portland-planning-board-oks-new-marijuana-zoning-map/

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