Yankton County now has the necessary zonal infrastructure to enable the cultivation, production and sale of medicinal cannabis.
During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the board voted 4 to 0 to revise the zoning ordinance to allow medicinal cannabis facilities (grow facilities, pharmacies, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities) in commercial, commercial and agricultural lakeside zones across the county.
The chairman of the commission, Cheri Loest, was not present at the meeting on Tuesday evening.
While Tuesday’s session marked the second reading of the zoning ordinance amendments, much of the discussion revolved around a related agenda item later in the session – the first reading of the permitting ordinance.
Among the highlights of the concession ordinance:
• Each of the four types of medical cannabis facilities would receive 10 permits.
• An application for approval costs US $ 5,000 non-refundable with an annual renewal fee of US $ 5,000.
Commissioner Wanda Howey-Fox said she had reconsidered the limit of 10 permits per facility.
“I wonder if we should have seven licenses for each instead of ten because we have seven licenses for package liquors,” she said. “That was just a thought that I had to make consistently.”
Ned Horsted, executive director of the Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota, said he had some minor concerns that the county had any permit caps at all.
“Who knows? You may not even get 10 applications for any of these license types,” he said. “But we’ve seen litigation in other states because if it’s conditional use and you let Bob have one, but Steve and Denise don’t get any, then people get upset. Removing caps just completely eliminates that from the equation. “
He added that there were also concerns about snapping up licenses and sitting on them.
“Suppose you have someone in the country who owns a farm and they are all applying for licenses because they are in compliance,” he said. “Then you have some kind of commodity. Even if you can’t transfer it in person, it’s pretty easy to form an LLC or become a member of an LLC, postpone some things and next, the licenses will be taken away from people, and the chance is not high they actually have that Shop in which they applied for their license. “
Assistant prosecutor Debra Lillie said it just wasn’t possible to sit on a license.
“You can’t get a license and do nothing with it and then come and try to renew it,” she said. “In principle, they must be ready for use within one year of receiving your license.”
Commissioner Dan Klimisch said he is happy to stick to the limit of 10 permits for each category.
“Anyone who wants to apply has to take it pretty seriously, especially when it comes to the $ 5,000 non-refundable application fee,” he said. “You have to get this business up and running. You won’t be able to sit on this license for 5-10 years. You will have to do something with it. “
Horstead also commended the Yankton County Commission for being on the ball throughout the process.
“I appreciate the good government I saw down here in Yankton,” he said. “I’ve held meetings at the state level and in different locations. It’s a wonderful thing that you stick to your agenda for the audience at home. I’ve been to several meetings where they mess things up and try to make things harder than they need to be. “
Nothing was done on the admission regulation on Tuesday. The second reading is scheduled for the next District Commission meeting on October 5th.
In other shops Tuesday, the board:
• Approved the 2022 budget;
• gave a presentation declaring Yankton County a Purple Heart County;
• Approved the county’s five-year road and bridge plan;
• Approves a conditional use permit, a plat and a replat;
• Received an update on the West Yankton Sanitary District Study;
• Appointment of Matt Evans to the planning committee.
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