Mayor Tom Morrissey never in his lifetime thought he would discuss recreational marijuana, but that is just what the Payson Town Council did last week.
During the first of two public hearings, the council discussed updating the town code so a recreational dispensary could open.
The town’s current code allows for a medical marijuana dispensary, but after it left in March, the same owners have plans underway to open a recreational facility.
The council provided few comments on how they felt about the change Thursday, but asked the owners and their attorneys several questions.
Several residents weighed in, saying they did not support such a facility.
Resident Dave Golembewski said the town would be “selling its soul” for sales tax revenue if it allowed a recreational dispensary to open.
Planning and Zoning Commission member Barbara Buntin said if the council approves updating the town code they are condoning drug use.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recently split 2-2 on updating the code, which is an unaffordable recommendation.
The proposed change permits the operation of a recreational establishment and imposes reasonable regulations on it, which in this case are similar to those on a medical marijuana dispensary, including the required distance from a school, etc.