Maricopa County OKs zoning for medical marijuana

PHOENIX (AP) — Prodded by a court ruling, Maricopa County has a zoning ordinance allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

The Board of Supervisors' approval of the new ordinance Wednesday allows dispensaries in commercial zones and cultivation sites in industrial zones.

The ordinance specifies minimum distances from churches, schools, day-care centers, parks, adult-oriented businesses and other medical-marijuana facilities.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1gtQnon ) reports that the county previously had a zoning classification that blocked dispensaries and cultivation sites.

However, a judge ruled in a suit by a would-be operator of a planned dispensary in Sun City that the county was violating the state's law on medical marijuana.

The county is appealing that ruling.

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