By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Pinal Central
State lawmakers are moving to keep medical marijuana dispensaries in the rural areas of the state.
On a 5-4 vote Monday, the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs approved legislation which says that those who were the first to open marijuana stores following the 2010 voter approval of Proposition 203 cannot move outside the areas where they first set up shop. So if they agreed to serve the San Manuel area, they would be pretty much stuck there.
It’s not that Rep. Vince Leach, R-Saddlebrook, the sponsor of HB 2029, particularly likes having dispensaries in the rural areas of his district which extends into Pinal County.