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2/15/2011 1:40:00 PM
Sedona City Council OK's Medical Marijuana Ordinance

The Sedona City Council became the first Verde Valley community to approve a local Medical Marijuana Ordinance, Feb. 8. While the state initiative was approved by Arizona voters during the last election, local governments are allowed to regulate where the drug may be sold in their communities.

The approved Sedona ordinance allows medical marijuana dispensaries and their associated cultivation sites within the Sedona City limits in the C-1, C-2 and C-3 commercial zoning districts, and only if these facilities are located at least 500 feet from a school, church, park, recreational facility, day care, library or youth center.

Under Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which was approved by voters in November of 2010, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has until the end of March 2011 to adopt and enforce a regulatory system for the distribution of marijuana for medical use. The act places an initial limit of approximately 125 nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries statewide, corresponding to one per every 10 pharmacies. Each county is also allowed at least one dispensary. Based on recent information from ADHS, it is likely that one registration certificate for a medical marijuana dispensary will be issued in the Sedona area this summer.

For more information, see the City of Sedona website at

Other Verde governments are expected to approve similar ordinances. In Cottonwood, the City's Planning Commission is getting its first look at a proposed zoning ordinance amendment during the Planning and Zoning meeting Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. The proposed ordinance amendment establishes performance standards for related uses and eligible zoning districts for dispensaries, according to the department.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Article comment by: Corey Miller

We have some of the most strict rules in the country. Our dispensaries will have no comparison to what is going on in Calirfornia or any other place. Clinic facilities with Dr's and a well trained staff and you will never see medincine in bottes on shelfs! Arizona has changed the industry forever in that regards!

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011
Article comment by: Robin ???

I hate to bust your bubble but Sedona IS considered to be part of the Verde Valley. Sedona and it's "burbs" are actually in Yavapai County AND Coconino County. Most of West Sedona sits in Yavapai County and up town sits ion Coconino County. So before you fall off that high horse you're on maybe you should stopping thinking with you're razor sharp tongue.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: To Ken dr

Sedona has the same problems going on just like the Verde Valley. You keep dreaming Ken dr.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Article comment by: Keep telling yourself that ken dr...

It won't make it any more relevant.

As for your overwhelming concern for your tax dollars... you have a lot more to be worried about than Med MJ.

In fact if taxed at the democrat proposed rate of 300% those smokers may well save the states collective behind.

For somebody so convinced that you know it all... you may want to consider 'knowing' less and 'learning' more.

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Article comment by: Ken dr

Just another excuse for an addiction that my tax dollars are wasted on, and again may I correct the Verde Independant Sedona Is not part of the verde valley, THANK GOD, check the county records for your information,

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Article comment by: Ken dr

hey Sedona is not part of verde valley, I bet most of you idiots don't even know where the verde river runs through, get your facts straight

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

If the wacky weed makes sick people feel better, that is great. Let them have weed. The weed must be regulated so that people who just want to party do not get the medical weed. In California, the weed doctors give a permit to just about everyone who comes in the door. We already have enough drunks on the road, and do not need to add pot heads to that mix. The medical weed could be a blessing or a curse depending on how it is administered.

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