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Layton considers zoning changes to make way for medical marijuana

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LAYTON, UT —Layton is considering a zoning change in order to grow medical cannabis. The city’s proposal asks for zoning changes in response to the legislature approving medical cannabis pharmacies.

Community and Economic Development Director Chad Wilkinson says the city wants to produce cannabis in a heavy industrial zone called M-2. Layton is also considering adopting an agricultural zone for cannabis production.

The zoning changes are a response to recent amendments to the medical cannabis law. Wilkinson says amendments instruct cities to allow cannabis production in any industrial zone unless another zone is specified.

Senate Bill 1002 leaves the distribution of medical cannabis to private businesses and adds seven additional pharmacy licenses for a total of 14 private dispensaries in Utah.

Wilkinson says the zoning changes in Layton will prepare the city for medical cannabis production.

“We haven’t had any applications for cannabis production.  This is just  …  so we can be prepared if someone comes and makes an application.”

The Layton planning commission will have a hearing on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on October 22, 2019, in the city council chambers at 437 North Wasatch Drive.

After the public hearing, the proposal will go to the Layton City Council for approval on November 21.