Anne Arundel County Council holding hearings on plasma center, medical cannabis dispensary bills

The Anne Arundel County Council’s Monday meeting will include hearings on ordinances impacting medical cannabis dispensaries and plasma centers in the county.

Bill 77-18 was designed to ease the county’s strict medical zoning rules. It included a provision to reduce the setback requirements from 1,000 feet to 750 feet away from residential and school properties. It also would remove requirements that medical marijuana projects be built along highly trafficked roads, as long as they are in an industrial zone.

However, an amendment passed Sept. 17 would exempt medical marijuana businesses from residential setback requirements if they are built in industrial districts. County Councilman Jerry Walker, R-Crofton, introduced the amendment. That amendment could doom the bill, council members said.

Bill 74-18 puts new restrictions on plasma center developments. If passed, a plasma center won’t be allowed within 1,000 feet of a dwelling or school, or within one mile of another plasma center, state-licensed medical clinic, medical marijuana dispensary or a transitional housing facility, according to the legislation.

State-licensed medical clinics — often known as methadone clinics — would face the same restrictions and require clinics be on higher trafficked roads.

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