Shawnee city commissioners recently agreed to pass a resolution introducing a temporary moratorium on the granting of new permits and licenses to medical marijuana companies.
With 19 medical marijuana companies currently operating in the area – and 17 other applications in the works, the city has felt it in the best interests of the community to put the brakes on as the state continues to work on new laws on legal parameters Industry works.
“The continued granting of new permits and licenses, which would lead to possible changes in state law, would complicate and frustrate the orderly administrative review process of the city,” the resolution said. “The Board of Commissioners recognizes that the potential for exponential growth in the saturation and density of medical marijuana facilities in the City of Shawnee poses a risk to the health and safety of its citizens.”
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Cost remains a factor in keeping up with the ever-changing rules.
Shawnee City attorney Joe Vorndran said administrative costs related to the industry have really increased as the Oklahoma Marijuana Authority and state legislation continued to develop and refine the regulations.
“We try to be in line with the actual administrative costs,” he said. “The concern is that some of the state-level density restrictions could ultimately reduce or limit the number of licenses available.”
He said this basically means that the planning department, fire department, and building code enforcement are spending inordinate amounts of time on license applications that may never get ACA licenses.
The moratorium came into effect immediately after the vote on June 7th and is expected to last until the end of the country’s legislative period. The 17 pending motions were not affected by the resolution.
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