The West Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance setting out new zoning standards and regulations for medical cannabis pharmacies and production facilities.
Approval came after a public hearing at which no resident of Utah’s second largest city chose to speak. The ordinance came from the Utah Legislature’s HB3001, a replacement bill for Proposition 2 — the ballot initiative passed in November to legalize the use of medical cannabis.
Sam Johnson, West Valley City spokesman, said the council’s action simply put into city code the restrictions and rules required by state law.
“We respect the electorate and the Utah state Legislature and so when the Legislature passed the medical-marijuana bill during the special session we immediately got to work as a city so we could be prepared to implement the changes necessary,” Johnson said Wednesday. “So with the passage of this ordinance from last night, we are in full compliance with the law.”
The ordinance specifies in which zones medical cannabis facilities can be located and limits the city to a single cannabis pharmacy. It also bans drive-through service at this pharmacy, along with outdoor vending machines. The pharmacy, if one is placed in the city, would be limited to hours of from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., would have restrictions on signs and could not be within 1,000 feet of a cannabis production facility or an establishment that sold alcoholic beverages.