Med pot ordinance moves forward
Posted by Rich Schwartzman on April 15th, 2021
Chadds Ford Planning Commission members Wednesday night voted to send a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance to the supervisors for a full hearing. Commission members also voted to recommend approval for a Mercedes-Benz dealership. Both votes were unanimous.
According to township and Planning Commission solicitor Mike Maddren, case law and the Constitution require municipalities to have in their codes accommodation for all legal business activities to control where those businesses may be located. Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania.
Provisions in the proposed ordinance include limiting dispensaries to the B and B-1 Business districts. There are two such areas in the township, and both are along Route 202 — one being north of State Farm Drive and the other north of Oakland Road. As previously reported, a dispensary could be allowed in the B district since pharmacies are permitted in that district.
Use of a building as a dispensary would be allowed with special exception and only for an applicant with a dispensary use permit granted by the commonwealth. All such businesses must have secure entrances and exits dedicated solely to that business. There may be