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Medical Marijuana Zoning Plan Approved in Horn Lake

Horn Lake is one step closer to having medical marijuana.

On Tuesday evening, the Horn Lake Board of Aldermen approved a plan that divides the city into zones that permit medical marijuana stores. The operation of any kind of growing, shipping, or research will still be forbidden in Horn Lake.

Mississippi became the 37th state to legalize medicinal marijuana last year, and as of early May 2022, cities and counties all around the state might vote on whether to permit specific medical marijuana-related businesses to operate in their neighborhoods. Unincorporated DeSoto County opted in in May 2022, followed by Olive Branch and Hernando in April 2022. Southaven’s own medical marijuana zoning plan was adopted in October.

The committee suggested approving the C-4 zoning that would allow dispensaries to operate east of Highway 301, north of Nail Road West (except for the portion of Nail Road West that is south of Nail Road West, east of Highway 51, west of Interstate 55, and north of Goodman Road). Also, the group advised against locating dispensaries within 1,700 feet of a church, school, daycare, or any other authorized dispensary.

The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act stipulates that dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet away from places of worship, educational institutions, and daycare facilities. The planning commission recommended that dispensaries be permitted in additional areas of the city, including those zoned for offices and C1, C2, C3, and C4 districts.

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