The permitting process for medical cannabis dispensaries in Yankton officially opened this week.
Yankton City Manager Amy Leon told the Press & Dakotan that, during Monday’s meeting of the Yankton City Commission, the board held a first-reading on one of the last actions it needs to take — barring additional state regulation — to allow medical cannabis dispensaries in the city limits.
“What was on the agenda for first-reading (Monday) was to include medical cannabis dispensaries in the list of permitted principle uses in the B-2 Highway Business District and the B-3 Central Business District and Industrial District. What this ordinance does is, it supports what’s been adopted on the medical cannabis dispensary ordinance the commission previously adopted this summer.”
A second reading is set for the Aug. 23 meeting, with the zoning ordinance change becoming active in September.
Leon said this is likely the last action that the city will take since fees and the original ordinance have already been set. She said interested parties can begin applying for a permit under the city’s guidelines.
“Folks can apply today, and we already have a hearty list of interested parties who can apply today for the license,” she said. “What we will do is