White Sulphur Springs City Council looks to pass medical cannabis ordinance

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — A city in Greenbrier County is looking to pass a medical cannabis ordinance.

During a city council meeting on Monday, February 10, 2020, White Sulphur Springs city council members held a first reading of a medical marijuana ordinance.

White Sulphur Springs Mayor, Bruce Bowling, told 59News this ordinance will be a little different. He said the city wants to control where the dispensaries go. Also, dispensaries must be at least 300 feet away from churches or schools.

“Medical cannabis is on its way, whether you’re in favor of it or against it, doesn’t make a difference,” Bowling said. “It’s legal now. So basically, what White Sulphur wanted to do was get ahead of the game, pass a zoning ordinance that would limit how many would go in town.”

Mayor Bowling said that with so many schools and churches within the city of White Sulphur Springs, if a medical cannabis organization wants to start operating within city limits, they only have so many places to set up shop.

“We don’t want to be known as the medical marijuana capital of the world,” Bowling said. “We just want to get ahead of the game and have some regulations of our own, keep control.”

The ordinance will be up for its second reading at the next city council meeting.

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