Suzie Schottelkotte @southpolkscene
FORT MEADE — City commissioners in Fort Meade gave final approval Tuesday night to a measure that allows medical-marijuana dispensaries in the city, but there’s a catch.
Any such facility would require a conditional-use permit, and that must be approved by the City Commission.
“This will require them to come before you to ask for permission,” City Attorney Tom Cloud told commissioners Tuesday.
During the required public hearing, Fort Meade resident Daryl Gargus asked whether the dispensaries could be located near churches or schools, and Cloud assured him the city’s ordinance prohibited that.
“That’s already in there,” he said.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance. Mayor Barbara Manley, who consistently has opposed the measure, cast the lone dissenting vote.
Several commissioners expressed skepticism early on about allowing dispensaries within the city limits. Initially, the commissioners had imposed a moratorium until they could evaluate their options.
Commissioner Rick Cochrane said he wanted to see how the city’s voters responded to a ballot measure last November on medical marijuana. In Fort Meade’s three precincts, voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal