South Tucson to consider opening parts of South Sixth Avenue to medical marijuana dispensaries

UPDATE: No official action was taken at the meeting. Stay tuned for further developments on this story.

The South Tucson Planning and Zoning Commission will consider modifying existing regulations to allow for medical marijuana dispensary operations along parts of South Sixth Avenue at a meeting tomorrow evening.

Currently, medical marijuana dispensaries are only allowed to operate in zones designated SB-2, business district, and SI-1, light industrial district.  The local retail district, zone SB-2A, which largely fronts the west side of South Sixth, does not currently permit dispensary operations.

If the change is approved, the physical footprints of dispensaries cannot be greater than 2,500 square feet, must be located at least 1,000 feet from schools and any other dispensaries, and 500 feet from churches, public parks and the library.

The meeting is a public hearing and begins at 5 p.m. in the South Tucson city council chambers.