Scottsdale adds new cannabis restrictions

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The City of Scottsdale is restricting recreational marijuana and allowing it to only be sold by licensed medical marijuana dispensaries after Arizona voters approved a legalization measure last month.

The Scottsdale City Council approved new restrictions on legalized cannabis at its Nov. 30 meeting.

The move comes after Arizona voters approved Proposition 207 legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

The Scottsdale ordinance includes banning the smoking of marijuana in public places and authorizing only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to also sell recreational cannabis.

The Scottsdale ordinance also prohibits the delivery of recreational pot to consumers unless it is by a dual license dispensary or nonprofit medical dispensary.

The Scottsdale rules also prohibit marijuana smoking and consumption while operating vehicles.

The Scottsdale ordinance does not restrict the rights of residents to grow and smoke marijuana in their own homes. 

The statewide legalization was set to go into place Dec. 1 so the Scottsdale rules were immediately put into place.

Other Arizona cities and towns have also been adjusting their ordinances and codes in reaction to voters approval of Prop. 207.

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December 2020