Phoenix sets zoning for medical pot sites

PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Phoenix is setting zoning rules to regulate the medical marijuana system Arizona voters legalized in November, officials said.

The state Health Department also is drafting rules on who can prescribe and receive a prescription and to ensure secure facilities, The Arizona Republic reported Saturday.


Phoenix planning director Debra Stark said the city aimed to make zoning laws strict enough to protect the community while allowing marijuana in the city.

Phoenix is dividing medical-marijuana land uses into three categories:

* Retail sales/dispensaries where patients can purchase medical marijuana. Sales will be allowed only in commercial zones, covering many major intersections and streets.

* Grow facilities where marijuana will be grown or cultivated to supply dispensaries. In Phoenix, grow facilities will be allowed only in areas zoned for heavy industry or agriculture.

* Infusion, where marijuana is blended into balms, lotions and food. Baking brownies will be considered manufacturing, so infusion facilities will be limited to heavy industry areas.

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