Rapid City Council considering licensing 15 medical marijuana dispensaries – Rapid City Journal

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City staff and others discuss medical dispensaries and licensing with members of the Rapid City Council on Friday afternoon during a working session.

Siandhara Bonnet, Journal staff Siandhara Bonnet

The Rapid City Council is considering allowing the city to issue 15 medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

Six members of the council met Friday with city attorneys, the Community Development department, state Rep. Mike Derby and other stakeholders to discuss how the city will manage future medical marijuana sales.

The number of proposed licenses would be based on about one per 5,000 residents in Rapid City.

Council member Darla Drew proposed 10 medical marijuana dispensary licenses, two for each of the city’s five wards. Council member Laura Armstrong proposed 17, one per about 4,000 residents in Rapid City.

“There are a lot of people fighting cancer and chronic pain, brain injuries,” she said while discussing her proposal.

Armstrong and Drew agreed to propose 15 dispensaries, which the majority of the council members at the meeting supported.

City Attorney Joel Landeen said it’s easier to start at 15 and increase it

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