Phoenix discussing where medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed

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PHOENIX - Three weeks from today the state will vote on a number of issues, including medical marijuana.

If the measure passes, where will the dispensaries be allowed?

Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, will be decided Nov. 2, but before that happens folks will gather to figure out where dispensaries will be allowed.

The first of several zoning meetings took place Monday night.

The public will have input on where dispensaries will be allowed if Proposition 203 passes.

The Arizona Health Department will ultimately decide restrictions, but municipalities can determine reasonable zoning restrictions.

First, they want input from the public, since they are familiar with the neighborhoods.

If the initiative passes, the state will have 120 days to draft the administrative code.

Here is a list of more meetings scheduled this month:

• South Mountain: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, South Mountain Community College, student union, 7050 S. 24th St.
• Estrella: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Fowler School District Board Room, 1617 S. 67th Ave.
• Ahwatukee Foothills: 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Pecos Park Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.
• Alhambra: 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Washington Adult Center, 2240 W. Citrus Way.
• Camelback East: 6 p.m. Nov. 2, Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 E. Devonshire Ave.
• Desert View: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St.

All village planning meetings are open to the public. E-mail comments to city staff, zoning@phoenix.gov.