The Pima County Board of Supervisors gave approval this morning to start the process of creating a zoning code for facilities that provide and grow medical marijuana, which pending a November ballot initiative remains illegal in Arizona.
The 5-0 vote allows the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission to consider a zoning code text ammendment at its Sept. 29 meeting.
A vote on the zoning changes would then be held at the supervisors’ Oct. 5 meeting.
Getting zoning language in place prior to approval of medical marijuana usage in Arizona allows the county to be prepared for dispensaries and cultivation sites that would want to operate shortly after such a law would go into effect, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said.
Other states that have passed similar laws allowing medical marijuana were not as prepared, officials said.
“Should this initiative pass we’ll at least be more prepared than those in California and Colorado,” District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson said.
The zoning ammendments would put limitations on where such medical marijuana facilities could be located.
The Tucson city council is expected to get the ball rolling on a similar zoning change at its Wednesday meeting.